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Watch: UK Model-Actor Zander Hodgson Comes Out as Gay in Moving Vid

Tuesday Apr 17, 2018
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Zander Hodgson  (Source:Instagram / @zanderhodgson)

Rising British model-actor Zander Hodgson shared a moving YouTube video over the weekend, coming out as gay to his fans.

In the video, called "Important Message," Hodgson, who has appeared on a number of TV shows like the U.K.'s "Shameless," explains he wanted to share some news with his fans.

"This is something I thought was important to do for my own growth for myself to be unashamed to be able to connect to others to connect to you more," he says.

"I wanted to tell everyone that I am gay, and although that doesn't really change anything for me, and hopefully not for you, I just thought it was a really important thing to share with everyone, because it is," Hodgson continues. "Although I say sexuality is a small part of someone, if you shut it off, then you don't allow yourself to be fully known.

"If you shut off one thing of yourself, then you shut off so many other things," he adds. "Being able to get close to someone is hard when you don't allow yourself to fully connect and be known as who you are. And it's a really important part of me. And it makes me who I am. And it makes people love me."

He goes on to explain he wanted to make a coming out video because "when I think about all the kids out there that are being bullied, or are really struggling with their sexuality, or even teenage or adults...I just wanted you to know that you are not alone."

Watch the video below. Also below are some highlights from Hodgson's Instagram, which boasts nearly 85,000 followers.

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