The Try Guys star Eugene Lee Yang comes out in powerful dance video
The Try Guys star Eugene Lee Yang has revealed that he is gay through the medium of interpretative dance.
The YouTube personality best known as part of the Try Guys foursome, released a five-minute video on Saturday (June 15) titled “I’m Gay” in which he addressed his sexuality.
Not a word is spoken in the clip, as Yang dances out his personal experience, shown grappling with his family life, religion, and homophobia before finding love and a queer family.
The clip, which features music from ODESZA, is dedicated to “the LGBTQIA+ community.”
Eugene Lee Yang: I’m coming out as a proud gay man
In an accompanying Twitter post, Yang explained: “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.
“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. ️
“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.”
Yang joked: “You can turn off Find My Friends because I will be at the gay bars.”
The Try Guys fans have raised thousands for charity
Yang also launched a fundraiser for The Trevor Project which sits alongside the video on YouTube. Within just one day, fans have already raised $43,948 for the charity, with the video attracting 3.6 million views.
The clip has attracted an overwhelmingly positive response.
One fan wrote: “I had no idea Eugene was such a great dancer… I’m speechless, Just simply Beautiful!!! ❤ ️ “
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Another added: “I love you Eugene this inspired me to come out of the closet after 5 years. I can’t thank you enough.”
Yang has alluded to identifying as LGBT+ before, explaining to Out: “I think as four cisgender guys, we’re very much seen as mainstream. Who then could reach to the Midwestern moms and the older conservative gentlemen who watch the videos.
“There were certain things that I was actually very, and I hate to say, I was calculative about, because I knew that I was sitting on a goldmine that a lot of people from other communities don’t immediately get to access, which is I got into everyone’s homes, and they all liked me.
“It’s like, how can I get people to trust me implicitly so that they can accept the message? And then as I let more out towards them, they can then ingest it in a way that isn’t immediately politicised in their mind.”
Yang is not the only YouTuber to have come out this week.