Exclusive: Comedian, writer and actor Bowen Yang is set to receive a Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign at its 25th annual North Carolina Dinner on Feb. 22
The Brooklyn-based 'SNL' cast member, comedian, writer and actor will be recognized at the HRC's upcoming North Carolina Dinner on Feb. 22.Comedian, writer and actor Bowen Yang is set to receive a Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign at its 25th annual North Carolina Dinner on Feb. 22. Bringing together the HRC's active members in the Charlotte area, the event raises funds for the civil organization to continue its efforts in advancing LGBTQ equality. "Through his hilarious representation on and off the screen, Bowen Yang is inspiring LGBTQ young people and many others to embrace their authentic selves," said HRC president Alphonso David in a statement. “As one of SNL ’s openly gay and the only Asian American cast member, Yang is boldly moving visibility forward." Since entering the spotlight, Yang, 29, has been open about his sexuality. Earlier this year, in an interview with The New York Times spoke about resisting gay conversion conversion therapy in Colorado Springs after his father had arranged for a series of appointments. "The first few sessions were talk therapy, which I liked, and then it veers off into this place of, ‘Let’s go through a sensory description of how you were feeling when you’ve been attracted to men,'" Yang recalled to The Times . "And then the counselor would go through the circular reasoning thing of, ‘Well, weren’t you feeling uncomfortable a little bit when you saw that boy you liked?’ And I was like, ‘Not really.’ He goes, ‘How did your chest feel?’ And I was like, ‘Maybe I was slouching a little bit.’ And he goes, ‘See? That all stems from shame.’ It was just crazy. Explain the gay away with pseudoscience." Yang also said that things have changed in his family since that time. "Both my parents are doing a lot of work to just try to understand [me being LGBTQ] and I can’t rush them," he said to the The Times . "I can’t resent them for not arriving at any place sooner than they’re able to get there." Last year, Read more: Hollywood Reporter
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