02/04/2012 12:15 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Randy Phillips, Gay U.S. Airman, On Why He Came Out On YouTube

When Randy Phillips uploaded his first video to YouTube, he knew it would change his life forever--he just didn't know if it would be for the better or for the worse.

For all of his adult life a secret was barreling down on the 21-year-old soldier that not even his military-provided bulletproof vest could protect him from. It was so detrimental that it could end his career and damage his relationships.

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