Actor Nicholas Downs has joined James Duke Mason's Trailblazer campaign.

Mason, the son of singer Belinda Carlisle, launched the campaign, which urges gay actors to leave the closet, with his own 3-minute-40-second video.

“It's going to take a movement to beat the naysayers who would rather we remain silent, scared and afraid,” Mason says in the campaign's inaugural video.

Downs, who landed his first starring role in last year's gay-themed romantic comedy Is It Just Me?, called the campaign “inspiring.”

“I recently heard about the Trailblazer campaign and felt completely inspired and motivated to make a video of my own,” he says in his 2-minute-14-second video.

“My sexuality never became an issue … until recently when I did a film called Is It Just Me?”

“I did the role, it went over really well, and then on the festival circuit … I started getting asked if I was gay.”

And literally, the moment I said, 'Yeah, I'm gay,' I just felt this huge weight lifted from my shoulders. I felt so amazing, so free, so uninhibited. Not the experience that I feared, or that I thought that I was going to have.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)