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Sixteen-Year-Old YouTube Guy Asks “What if I Was Straight?”

Sixteen-year-old Derek is one of the interwebs more popular YouTube talking heads and while we got a real kick out of his open letter to one of the people he follows on Twitter, this video, where he explains how he would be different if he were not gay, will stick with you all weekend. It’s both brave and honest. Watch it after the jump.

By:           Japhy Grant
On:           Jan 16, 2009
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  • 28 Comments
    • Chip
      Chip

      I can’t get his words in the very last line–“I wouldn’t be half as …..as I am now.” Can somebody fill in that blank for this old geezer?

      Jan 16, 2009 at 11:24 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Anon
      Anon

      thats brilliant. so cute so sincere

      Jan 16, 2009 at 11:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeremito
      jeremito

      half as FABULOUS of course ;)

      Jan 16, 2009 at 11:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Japhy Grant
      Japhy Grant

      @Chip: “fabulous”

      Jan 16, 2009 at 11:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Nick
      Nick

      Fabulous – “I wouldn’t be half as fabulous as I am now”.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 11:30 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Brian
      Brian

      Amen, Brother.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 11:35 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Eminent Victorian
      Eminent Victorian

      I’m trying to imagine the kind of parents and/or family that would reject such a kid; it makes me mad.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 11:47 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Hint
      Hint

      This kid has got charisma. His first video about coming out is very intense.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 12:03 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • The Gay Numbers
      The Gay Numbers

      It’s funny, for a kid- he’s right. These are same question that I would ask when I was a kid about anything that made me different. Like, if I weren’t gay, what would I be? If I weren’t black, how would they see me? But as you grow into yourself, you realize for everything that society tries to take away from you, it does give you a strength too.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 12:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dizzyspins
      dizzyspins

      Granted, he’s a little affected and silly, but he makes a good point. The one undeniable benefit to being gay is that it makes us responsible for our own identities. So many people just regurgitate the values and opinions of their families and communities. I came from a religious background, and my family can answer every ethical question they face with some Bible passage. I have to decide for myself what is right and wrong, rather than lazily rely on an outside force, and it’s made me much stronger. And, though its sad, realizing there are limits to unconditional love can make you a lot more self-sufficient. I know I made sure I could pay my own rent and take care of myself before I came out. Things are better with my family now, but had I come out in college, Im sure my parents wouldve blackmailed me into going to some “treatment center.”

      Jan 16, 2009 at 12:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Justin Allen
      Justin Allen

      It was unapologetic and great- it took courage. Bravo.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 2:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • EdWoody
      EdWoody

      I think it’s one of the great wonders of existence that such incredibly cute and intelligent boys turn out to be gay. Proof of a loving god, says I.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 2:48 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Michael vdB
      Michael vdB

      Excellent.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 3:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter
      Peter

      Does is bother anyone else that his syntax if woefully wrong; it should be “If I Were Straight”? Subjunctive, hello?

      Jan 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Peter
      Peter

      Does is bother anyone else that his syntax is woefully wrong; it should be “If I Were Straight”? Subjunctive, hello?

      Jan 16, 2009 at 4:47 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • bb
      bb

      Stupid age of consent laws… somebody laughs in the background at one point though… I hope he has a super hot and awesome boyfriend. He deserves it.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 4:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • getreal
      getreal

      @EdWoody: Amen Ed preach on!

      Jan 16, 2009 at 5:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Puddy Katz
      Puddy Katz

      Gives me hope for the future.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 5:49 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • RDM
      RDM

      Too too too cute.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 7:17 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Scott
      Scott

      @Peter: All adorable things have poor grammar. It’s a law of The Universe.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 8:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • David
      David

      I’ve been subscribed to his collab channel for a long time! Very pleasantly surprised to see him featured here!

      Jan 16, 2009 at 9:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chloe
      Chloe

      r0sewhip137. . .smart kid that gives me hope. . .as I wind down in life I see a bright spot for the future.

      Peter . . .grammar is overrated.

      Jan 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Stephen
      Stephen

      @Chip: Fabulous

      Jan 17, 2009 at 4:17 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • backekuchen
      backekuchen

      “If I were straight” is how I personally prefer to say it (that’s what my secretary mama taught me), but the way he said it is perfectly okay–even grammatically. He got the message across quite well, I think. I always think, “what if I had been able to come out when I was his age.” I got married (like I was supposed to), have three beautiful children, and two wonderful grandsons. Then I came out. I wouldn’t trade them for the world. They all accept me (even my ex-wife and her family). When I was Derek’s age I wasn’t sure why girls didn’t catch my eye in the same way as boys did. George

      Jan 18, 2009 at 8:28 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • t
      t

      Someone needs it in the butt…..

      Jan 18, 2009 at 6:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Winter
      Winter

      If I were a boy even just for a day
      I’d roll out of bed in the morning
      And throw on what I wanted
      And go drink beer with the guys…

      Seriously though, you had to suck cock to learn that your parents loved you unconditionally and accept your friends for who they are? Blah.

      I remember running across this on teh YouTubez, and decided to go watch “Put A Ring On It” because it was far more entertaining.

      I agree w/T btw.

      Jan 19, 2009 at 4:38 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sara Rosecrans
      Sara Rosecrans

      I think your hot. Yes I’m a girl. are you single? if you are where do you live? I turn 16 in one week. When did you turn 16?

      Jan 25, 2009 at 2:55 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Insideguy
      Insideguy

      If his grammar error is your only assesment of his comment then you need to rethink what is important to you. Not everyone speasks with arch perfection like William F. Buckley, which was a gimmick anyway. Give the kid a break and make welcome his awareness and activism.

      Jan 26, 2009 at 7:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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