Coming Out with Eugene Lee Yang 🏳️‍🌈

Hello ASU Community!

For PRIDE month, we have been inspired by an Asian-American filmmaker, actor, and LGBTQIA+ advocate, Eugene Lee Yang. Yang came out to the world through an emotional and stunning YouTube video called, “I’m Gay.” Yang expresses himself through contemporary dance and different stages and settings of his life. He conveys his story through this deep and personal video.

Each scene has a particular color that represented what each scene meant. Red represented NATURE, Orange represented NURTURE, Yellow represented LOVE, Green represented COMMUNITY, Blue represented HATE, and Purple represented PRIDE. People dressed in white are seen as non-supporters, people dressed in grey are seen as people in the neutral grounds, and people dressed in black are seen as supporters.

The Red scene portrays innocence and a feeling of curiosity. As the camera zooms out, it shows that the family is not just in a bubble of themselves, but a room of openness and exploration. Yang represented the non-biased person, he observed what others did and impersonated them. From this scene, we can see that Yang gravitates towards the mother’s graceful and feminine acts, but the father stops him and makes him go into a stoic submission mode. It was representing that this human could not be a certain way because it was “wrong.”

The Orange scene portrays the social settings, such as a church, school, work, etc. Yang is seen to be kept up with a “controlled” behavior but often finds himself bursting out with loud motions. At the end of the scene, you can see that one side is cheering and applauding, while the other sits and judges. We are often conditioned to do everything the same way that society teaches us. When one is acting up or being “weird,” one is being viewed as different and is judged greatly. People who are different are often neglected and hated, which should NEVER be the case.

The Yellow scene portrays the three-way relationship that shaped Yang. The girl in this scene represents as the ally/friend, she also represents the female in a heterosexual (straight) relationship. Yang describes the male dancer, “the boy is not only a representative of the first love but also the first romantic love and sexual love. It is the realization in this scene that I might not be attracted to who I was supposed to be attracted to.” The important clip of this scene is when the girl hands off Yang to the boy, which pushes the fact that you can love whoever you want and be whoever you want.

The Green scene portrays community. This scene shows people from the LGBTQ+ community how they are celebrating and being unified for being themselves. Someone shows up and threatens them. From this scene, it also shines a light on the shooting at the Orlando Gay Nightclub. It is important for us to remember this tragedy because tragedies like this are often forgotten. It is also important that we unify the LGBTQIA+ community in a sense of dignity and appreciation.

The Blue portrays hate. We see that a group of people in white beat up Yang in this video and leaves him there. Then, he crawls toward his family. We can see that the mother and brother are supporters, while the father and sister are not. In the LQBTQIA+ community, most times, their families are not supportive because they are not straight. It is important that this scene showed a scene of hate, it is important to remember that LOVE IS LOVE. In this community, we do not judge who you are, you are amazing the way you are, we are here with open arms to support and we welcome you. We are allies, we are here to CELEBRATE whomever.  

Lastly, the Purple scene portrays PRIDE. “Eugene is proud, solemn, and defiant, in his most lavish, unapologetic, and regal styling yet, his black eyes and bloody mouth transformed into a striking violet eyeshadow and dark plum lip.” Yang walks through a crowd of people dressed in grey, white, and black. You can see them arguing and pushing Yang. We can see that there is a constant pull between the two sides. There is a constant pull of love and hate, although there may be a time of love and people with open arms, there will always be that negative energy that floats around and creates some conflict. Take PRIDE in who you are, don’t ever be afraid to be who you are. Never be afraid of being your most authentic and open self.

This video from Eugene Lee Yang sends different messages throughout the video. Each scene has different things going on and you can interpret it any way you want.

From this video, he organizes a fundraiser through The Trevor Project. “The Trevor Project is the world’s largest suicide prevention 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.” If you need any sort of support, reach out and find resources, you are never alone.

A message that the Asian-American Student can assure you that you are supported and loved. June is a month for our fellow LQBTQIA+ community, you are all celebrated for being you. We are allies. <3 #loveislove #pride