Summary: GAY ACTION HERO The Walking Dead actor Daniel Newman publicly comes out as gay on Twitter – and explains why in emotional YouTube video
The 35-year-old actor, who has also appeared in The Dark Knight and the 2009 film adaptation of Children of the Corn, admitted that he was open about his sexuality to his family and friends but had never said it to his fans.
He told his followers: “I realised how important it is in this day and age to be visible – to let people who know you are,” after he was “hit like a gut punch” when the girl thanked him for supporting the LGBT community and had assumed he was straight.
Daniel then corrected her, and she asked: “Why have you never said that publicly before? You could help change our lives.”
He then declared: “When you’re accomplishing incredible things and you’re hiding who you are, you are hurting hundreds of millions of people.”
The video comes a day after he tweeted that he was out and proud to his Twitter followers.