Jonah Mowry couldn’t sleep the night before school started this past fall. At 4 a.m. the gay teen, who’d yet to fully come out, was still wide awake. Mowry, then 13, was terrified of walking through the doors of a school where he’d face kids who’d been teasing him since first grade. And so what did he do? He put himself in front of a camera and allowed himself to freely express his feelings of anguish. The result was a YouTube video that’s so compelling, touching, and surprisingly hopeful that it has been viewed over 5 million times in the past week and led dozens of teens to create their own videos offering Mowry support and encouragement.
The video was first made in August, but it just went viral and gained additional attention when Mowry posted follow-up footage on December 4. In the more recent video, a giggling Mowry, now 14, appears happy and his upbeat mood led some people to accuse him of putting on a fake performance and seeking publicity in the first video. But yesterday on ABC News, Mowry’s mother, Peggy Sue, 52, said that her son’s story is real.
A Note From Jonah:
I never expected in a million years that it would have such a wonderful impact on so many people. I am truly humbled and truly thankful for all the love, encouragement and support from people all over the world.
It's been incredibly overwhelming. I don't know what to say. Thank you so, so much!
Lastly, yes you have seen me happy in a couple short videos replies I posted; I would think that would be a good thing, and yes I do have friends, my High School friends, and I have made friends because when I came out they realized that they had hurt me and that they felt sorry. The video is real, and true.
In the last few months everything eventually came out in the open, I felt a huge weight off my shoulders; I'm happy, I'm excepted for who I am, I'm more confident and feel stronger every day.
Thank you all, Love and peace to all who are hurting.