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    YouTube Star Connor Franta Came Out In A Video And Received Thousands Of Supportive Messages

    "This has easily been the hardest thing I've ever had to do - but I'm so glad I'm doing it."

    Franta released this video as a way of sharing the news with his 3.6 million subscribers.

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    He said 2014 was the year he'd truly accepted "who I am".

    He said he began to come out to family and friends a year ago.

    Now aged 22, he says he is "sick of censoring myself".

    He said he'd been unable to admit the truth to himself, and had dated girls in high school but felt "nothing" when he kissed them.

    He explained how being gay "wasn't a normal thing" in his small Midwest town. As a result he "pushed it away" and tried not to think about it. He also admitted that the pressure had made him depressed during his sophomore year of college.

    He said: "This is just one little part of who I am, and I'm not gonna let my sexuality define or confine me."

    He added that his family and friends had been "so great", and that he just "wanted to be me, and not be afraid."

    In the video description he told his fans "your support means the world to me". There are now over 100,000 comments under the video, and the overwhelming majority are supportive.

    Franta has become hugely popular in the last two years with his personal channel and, until recently, his Our2ndLife contributions.

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    His conversation with Marcus Butler on British vs America has nearly 7 million views.

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