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Special Project
From the 5th Annual Shorty Social Good Awards

I'm Gay - Eugene Lee Yang

Finalist in YouTube

Entered in LGBTQ+


Eugene Lee Yang is a producer, writer, director and one of today’s most recognizable Asian-American performers. He recently made his directorial debut with his visual coming-out piece titled, I’m Gay, which Yang not only directed, but also wrote, choreographed and starred in as the lead actor and dancer. This extremely personal, artistic, and beautifully cinematic piece of content, which was released during Pride month, had such a large and positive impact on viewers everywhere. With over 23 million views across platforms (and counting), fans and viewers continue to share with us how meaningful the video has been to their own personal journeys. 


Strategy and Execution

Eugene's debut directorial piece also served as a fundraiser for the Trevor Project, raising over 130,000 dollars to help LGBTQ young people by providing support through free and confidential suicide prevention and crisis intervention programs.


For his work in and out of The Try Guys, Eugene is part of the Logo30, Logo's inaugural list of extraordinary LGBTQ+ people of 2018, and one of Gold House's A100 list of the top 100 most influential Asian-Americans of the year. The work that Eugene does is so important to the community and we think this piece of content has been one of the biggest stand-outs of the year both in terms of creative craft and social impact.


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Entrant Company / Organization Name

The Try Guys 2nd Try LLC


Entry Credits