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WALKING TALL

HAVING SURVIVED CHILDHOOD BULLYING, BEING HIT BY A CAR AND A BATTLE WITH ALCOHOLISM, DANIEL NEWMAN — STAR OF THE WALKING DEAD — BECAME A SYMBOL OF LGBT+ PRIDE WHEN HE POSTED HIS COMING OUT VIDEO ONLINE EARLIER THIS YEAR
Daniel wears denim jacket and t-shirt by Diesel, jeans by 7 for all Mankind, socks by Sockshop.
Daniel wears shirt, by Lanvin
Daniel wears vest by All Saints, coat by Acne at Mr Porter

Coming out isn’t always easy but few of us can say they’ve done it to an audience of millions.

But on 31 March this year, The Walking Dead actor Daniel Newman decided it was time he opened up about his sexuality. And in just three months, more than 2.3m people around the world have watched the video he made and posted on YouTube. The post also generated international media coverage, which led some to call it a shrewd PR exercise. In truth, it was a spurof- the-moment act initiated by a visit to a homeless shelter for LGBT+ people.

Given that he plays a recurring role in one of America’s most popular TV series and there are still so few out gay action stars, Daniel knew his declaration would attract some attention. But he confesses he had no idea it would be on such an epic scale.

In his first major interview since coming out, he tells Attitude that posting about his experience was a no-brainer. “Number one, I hate bullies, and I got picked on and beat up all my childhood,” he says as we sit down to chat during his recent visit to London.

He grew up in Georgia, in the notoriously homophobic American South. But the bullying wasn’t in relation to his sexuality. “It was because I was a pudgy little redhead kid. And I was nerdy and the dork. I’d always get beat up. I felt powerless,” he reveals.

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On the cover, exclusive interview with The Walking Dead star Daniel Newman Plus: Declan McKenna talks pop & politics; First Dates’ Fred Sirieix gets Active; previewing the BBC’s major new gay drama; one British man tortured for being gay; cruising through the years; and Attitude joins the great PrEP debate.
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