YouTube star Eugene Lee Yang – one of the members of The Try Guys – has come out as gay in a ‘deeply personal’ music video.
The 33-year-old, who wrote, directed and choreographed the video, ‘I’m Gay’, is now raising money for the Trevor Project, a non-profit organisation which aims to ‘save LGBTQ+ lives’.
In the video, the star can be seen dancing as powerful images pass him by, including being preached to in a church and going to a party full of people dressed in rainbow colours.
‘Eugene comes out as gay in his original, deeply personal music video, featuring music by ODESZA,’ the video description explains.
The YouTuber added: ‘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.’
His fundraiser has already hit $20,000 (£15,800) after just four hours.
Fans and fellow YouTubers have been sharing the love for the star after the release of the video with Daniel Howell, who also recently came out, telling him: ‘This was so incredibly beautiful and powerful thank you.’
‘Beyond incredibly proud of and for @EugeneLeeYang today,’ Zach Kornfield, another member of the YouTube group, wrote.
‘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.’
Meanwhile, fellow YouTuber Daniel Preda added: ‘Such a beautiful way of telling your story Eugene!!!!! I’m so proud of you! LIVE MAMA! LIVE!’
The Try Guys – also made up of Keith Habersberger and Ned Fulmer – currently boast a following of almost 6 million, after creating videos which see them trying weird and wonderful things.
Fellow YouTuber Daniel Howell also recently came out as gay, uploading his video ‘Basically I’m gay’ after a year long hiatus from YouTube.
In response to Dan’s video, Eugene wrote: ‘Thank YOU for your brilliant video – sharing your life journey with us with such sincerity and eloquence was equally powerful and I’m monumentally proud of you.’
We’re officially emotional wrecks.
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