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Way Out

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Today, I’m bringing you the dance video I’m Gay by Eugene Lee. Set to a moving, high-energy piece of music by Odesza, Lee used the video to come out to his public without ever saying a word. Instead, his journey to self discovery is represented beautifully with choreography. We watch him go through many of the things that so many of us have endured; self doubt, familial rejection, religious condemnation, homophobia and violence, self acceptance, and finally taking comfort in the community.

Eugene Lee is best known as 1/4 of the hugely internet famous Try Guys. Much love to The Guys for agreeing that the group should fund the effort. It may not seem like a big deal that a 33-year-old sometimes characterized by the public as bi or pan-sexual came out as gay, but the public (and our community in particular) resists any shift in what they believe to be true about a person’s sexuality, never mind that it’s no one’s business. (That was a terrible sentence, but I can’t seem to fix it.) The second video below does a really good job of explaining some of this lovely young man’s struggles.

“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.”

-Eugene Lee

You can follow Eugene Lee on Instagram, and you can follow the Try Guys on their YouTube channel and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

6 thoughts on “Way Out

  1. That was really beautiful and emotive and really raw at points. My brother was the victim of homophobic violence some years ago now so that section really caught my breath in a way that was unexpected. I marvel at his ability to translate his experiences into a narrative he can communicate through movement.

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  2. Very creative and quite eye opening.. I feel it gave me a lot of inspiration when I watched it. In today’s world the Internet is becoming a great place for resources.

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  3. Thank you so much for sharing that – you always manage to find the most amazing things and this did not fail to measure up. Beautiful music…beautiful choreography, beautiful inclusive message!

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