The Flash and The Vampire Diaries actor Rick Cosnett came out as gay in a touching Instagram video.
In a clip captioned, “Just me, hello,” Cosnett, who played detective Eddie Thawne in The Flash and Dr. Wes Maxfield in The Vampire Diaries, proudly and plainly declares, “I’m gay.”
“I just wanted everyone to know because I made a promise to myself to live my truth every day,” he continues. “Sometimes, that is a really hard thing to do when you have all these subconscious things you don’t even know about, from childhood and from society and from being, you know, just life.”
“So, there you go. I’m sure most of you knew anyway. That’s all I wanted to say. I also have a stye on my eye, which really adds to the whole drama of the whole thing.”
The video has garnered almost 75,000 views, and many responded with love and support.
“I can’t imagine the strength it took to post this,” one user commented. “Thank you for sharing your truth! I hope this video touches that person who feels alone in this world. Keep living your truth and don’t allow anyone else define the truth!”
“We’re happy you’re living your truth, Rick Cosnett!” the Human Rights Campaign tweeted out in response to his coming out. “Sending you love today and every day.”