By: Michael “The Sizzler” Jacobs, Staff Writer

Daniel Newman #OUTandPROUD

Known for his character Daniel on the mega hit cable series, ‘Walking Dead‘, Daniel Newman shocked the television industry by coming out as Gay in a video posted on YouTube.

“It hit me like a gut punch,” said Newman. “It felt like someone had knocked the wind out of me. I realized how important it is in this day and age to be visible; have people know who you are…When you are accomplishing incredible things and you are hiding who you are, you are hurting hundreds of millions of people….By us staying quiet, we’re partially to blame for kids getting beat up and ridiculed, stereotypes and stigmas….I grew up in an Irish Catholic family, a farm town in Georgia in the South, and it wasn’t even about homophobia or anything; you just keep your private life private. So that’s the way I’ve always been. But now is no the time any longer to keep it private.”

“I’m an actor. The whole world, the industry, is like ‘here’s your big break, you’re on The Walking Dead, you can’t come out, you can’t be in the press, because everything you work so hard for is going to be gone. There’s no gay or bi leading men, no action heroes, your career’s going to be over.’ I don’t care. Because I know what’s right.”

On behalf of the JRL CHARTS editorial team, we solute Daniel Newman for being a positive role model for our LGBTQ youth.  Watch the explosive video of Daniel Newman #OUTandPROUD

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