The actor made his announcement on Instagram.
Another Disney star has come out this week, this time it's actor Garrett Clayton. The first was "Jessie" star Josie Totah who announced she is transgender.
Clayton posted the news in an Instagram post because of his upcoming role in a movie about teen suicide called "Reach."
In 2013, the actor appeared in lighter fare; Disney's "Teen Beach Movie" and then in 2016 he played Link in "Hairspray Live" on NBC. He also starred as adult movie star Brent Corrigan in the film "King Cobra."
Clayton explains why he decided to make his announcement at this time:
"With the release of my new movie REACH coming up, I thought it was important to explain why I took on this project in the first place. REACH deals with some very serious and timely topics that have affected me personally, and have likely influenced many of your lives as well. (I also prefer to share things that are particularly important for me here on my IG) instead of in some random magazine or online article - because you are the ones that have been rooting for me and following me on my professional and personal journey in life.
When I read the script for REACH, I immediately knew it was a film I had to be a part of. I have personally dealt with suicide within my own family, intense bullying in high school, and - on top of it all - myself and the man I’ve been in a relationship with for a long time (@hrhblakeknight) have both experienced shootings within our hometown school systems, and have witnessed the heartache that takes place in affected communities after such tragic events.
These topics - not always easy to discuss- are all close to my heart, and, knowing how serious they are, I wanted to share this with you all. This film has come from the perspectives of people who care deeply about these issues, and if watching it helps even one person... then it was all worth it."
"Reach" is scheduled to be released on October 19, 2018.