With Tuesday's repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” airman Randy Phillips came out to his dad and the military on YouTube.

The 21-year-old Phillips, who is stationed at the Ramstein Air Base in Germany, last week recorded an It Gets Better video to encourage troubled gay teens to hang in there. However, he kept his identity a secret.

On Tuesday, he shed his AreYouSurprised YouTube alias and showed his face as he called his father to tell him he was gay.

“You promise you'll always love me? Period?” a nervous Phillips asked this father, who answered in the affirmative.

“Dad, I'm gay. I always have been. I've known for … forever,” he said.

“I still love you son,” his father quickly replied. “It doesn't change our relationship – and I always will, no matter what, all right? You are my son, and I am very proud of you.”

Phillips told ABC's Good Morning America that “It feels great. It's nice not having to look over your shoulder or worry about who you are talking to. I never thought I'd be so comfortable with it. It's very supportive. Everybody's been so great.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)