Who Is Eugene Lee Yang? YouTube Star Comes Out as Gay in Music Video

YouTube content group the Try Guys regularly upload hilariously entertaining videos on the social platform. However, on Saturday their feed took a more personal approach to their latest creation.

One member of the four-man group, Eugene Lee Yang, wrote and directed a new music video to address his sexual orientation. While Yang has previously stated that he doesn't identify as fully straight, this is the first time the content creator has gone completely candid with who he is in front of the channel's nearly 6 million subscribers.

As Yang navigates through the set of the video, changing into various vibrant outfits, the actor addresses numerous roadblocks that could hinder someone from fully coming out. From a conservative upbringing to judgmental religious encounters, Yang explains why he withheld his truth from the world.

"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 tweeted Saturday in conjunction with his video.

"I can't stop watching this. This has given me chills and made me cry, so powerful," one YouTube user commented. "Each time I notice a little more, this is such a wonderfully produced, edited, choreographed piece of visual and musical art. Words don't do it justice. Beautiful. Haunting. Honest. A punch in the gut of our current society. Thank you, Eugene."

"He even honored the victims of Pulse; he included so many sad and realistic scenarios that it's actually impossible not to feel something," another viewer added. "Amazing job!"

The Try Guys previously created content for Buzzfeed but departed from the media giant in 2018 to start their own company. At the end of Yang's video, he included some of his openly-gay former Buzzfeed colleagues Jazzmyne Robbins and Curly Velasquez.

"It is my absolute privilege to be beside one of my favorite people in his new COMING OUT video," Velasquez captioned a still from the music video on Instagram. "I've always said coming out is a privilege (unfortunately) that is not afforded to ever queer person—but if you can—it's absolutely liberating."

"Eugene is a force—I have seen him work his a** off into the powerful producer, persona and inspiration that he is," Robbins wrote on Instagram. "Eugene, I want you to know I am so proud and absolutely honored to be a part of your life and see you grow to become yourself."

The music video, with music by electronic duo ODESZA, was also made as a partnership with the Trevor Project, one of the world's largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ young people.

"The organization works to save young lives by providing support through free and confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs on platforms where young people spend their time: a 24/7 phone lifeline, chat, and text counseling services," the Try Guys wrote in the video's description.

For more information about the Trevor Project or to make a donation, click here.

Since the video went live Saturday, it has amassed over 4.4 million views and was firmly nestled in the top trending spots on YouTube.

"I'm so happy for you Eugene!! It's such a moving & powerful work," fellow Try Guy Ned Fulmer tweeted.

"Watch this. It's incredible," Keith Harbersberger wrote. "So proud of @EugeneLeeYang and his crazy creative soul."

"Beyond incredibly proud of and for @EugeneLeeYang today," Zach Kornfield added. "Both for his courage and pride in choosing to express himself to the public, but also for what I consider to be his greatest work yet as an artist. THIS is expression. All the love."

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Still from Eugene Lee Yang's "I'm Gay" video, June 15, 2019. YouTube/Eugene Lee Yang
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