YouTuber Eugene Lee Yang Comes Out as Gay in Emotional Dance Video

"I promise to give my full truth in the rest of my life's work."

Eugene Lee Yang, an online personality and filmmaker best known as one of Buzzfeed’s “Try Guys,” is officially gay AF.

At 33, the YouTuber has released his most personal video yet, “I’m Gay.” The elaborate short film, which Yang wrote, directed, and choreographed to music by Odesza, explores his challenging journey toward self-acceptance—small-town Texas upbringing, disapproving church, brutal hate crime—through contemporary movement.

The video, dedicated at the end to “the LGBTQIA+ community,” also features RuPaul’s Drag Race queens Kim Chi and Mayhem Miller.

“I created this music video as my personal way of coming out as a proud gay man who has many unheard, specific stories to tell,” Yang writes. “I withheld because of fear and shame shaped by my background but I promise to give my full truth in the rest of my life’s work.”

He also linked the video to a fundraiser he created for the Trevor Project “to help save LGBTQ+ lives,” he continues. “Coming out is a lifelong process—your safety always comes first—but know that there’s a vibrant community waiting to welcome you with open arms.”

Previously, Yang, who often wears makeup and drag to events, has publicly identified as queer or as a member of the LGBTQ community. He was even featured last Pride Month in our #Logo30 campaign.

“I was a very insecure, self-conscious kid, and as an artist even more so,” he told The New York Times in an April 2018 profile. “I always assumed that my otherness was a curse—that I would be held back by my Asian and queer identities. My time online has shown me that the viewers will respond most to authentic storytelling.”

Last fall Yang also did a Twitter takeover for HRC, commemorating the 30th anniversary of National Coming Out Day by advocating for LGBTQ representation in the media.

“I was always performing as a kid, but it wasn’t until I pursued a career in film that I saw my work online impact other LGBTQ people of color,” he tweeted. “I learned how important it was for them to see themselves in the stories I told.”

Yang’s previous LGBTQ-themed videos include “Eugene Volunteers at the Trevor Project,” “My Dad’s First Drag Show,” and the five-part “Queer Prom” series.

He and the other three “Try Guys” left Buzzfeed last summer to form their own production company, 2nd Try LLC.

Watch “I’m Gay” below.
 

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