Nickelodeon Star Comes Out As Gay on YouTube

August 27, 2013  |  
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You may not know who Lucas Cruikshank is, but chances are your kid does, and he knows him as Fred. Fred Figglehorn is the childlike, hyperactive, suspender-wearing protagonist in a series of wildly popular YouTube videos. The clips were so big with kids, Fred went on to have his own movie on Nickelodeon in 2010 and a series of TV shows. Nineteen-year-old Luke recently headed back to his home on YouTube for the first of what’s supposed to be a series of question and answer videos with best friend and Disney actress Jennifer Veal. And in this first video, Lucas answers his fans’ most pressing question: are you gay?

The answer, from both Lucas and his friend is a resounding, “Yeah, duh.” He giggles as he says he’s been out for three years, and notes his friends and family are completely fine with it. He just never felt the need to announce it on the Internet–and then he amazingly asks his straight female friend why she never had to make a YouTube video saying she’s straight. Because it shouldn’t really matter and only those who are “not like the rest of us” have to stand up and label themselves in the same way.

In a world where gay teens still commit suicide because they don’t feel loved, it’s refreshing that Lucas’ sexuality is a non-issue for him (but addressing it did get him a nice little shoutout from Cher via Twitter). And it’s helpful for younger kids to have someone closer to their age to look up to. It’s great when a celebrity comes out as an adult or makes a video saying it gets better when you’re the ripe old age of 30, but it’s just as important to have someone telling it’s okay now.

But there’s still the fact that Lucas is known for his work with Nickelodeon and child stars, even when they’re no longer children, have a hard time establishing their identities as sexual beings. And the Fred character is essentially a child (he has imaginary friends, for goodness sake) who just sort of finds himself in high school. Nickelodeon hasn’t said anything about this coming out, but it’s safe to say some parents may be upset.

Will you still let your kids enjoy Fred’s antics on Nickelodeon and YouTube now that the actor has come out? Or will you shield your kids from the coming out at all? See the full video below:

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