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More than half a million people have now jAkE%[email protected][email protected]!E3C3qF1fsWoFsRbhDuZESE0wFswatched the stirring music video for Who am I sung by Afalean Lu.

The lyrics, written by Kevin Wang, recall the [email protected])q!nLE#JrnEfstruggle of accepting oneself and coming out to loved ones.

It has resonated with the LGBT community in Taiwan as it takes stock after finally being grante_r+o^[email protected]+E$1jUtVQkRF-5HlNXYDF2d the right to marry earlier this year.

“‘Who am I?’ Is the simplest question yet the most complicated question in everyone’s life,” explained Kevin, "I wish everyone to believe that love is always the answer”.

Wang spent his own money oT^7G2iuucG*[email protected]^TPy=4NmKyk_3i7$KjdvqGV9hyv^$n producing the tune and is donating the profits to an LGBT charity. It is the first time he has produced a song and is a dream come true for him.

The song’s video, directed by Tang Jianzhe, depicts a handsome couple as theyH^[email protected]@cgeL#Ov7zI5mvekV)&1okFVbqESU!1+smM prepare to marry. One of the pair struggles with public intimacy and has to pluck up the courage to hand his parents the big red envelope inviting them to his upcoming wedding. 

Community leaders, celebrities, and even lawmakers have shared the track. Volunteer fans have translated the lyrics into more than 10 different languages. A behind-the-scenes look at the music video and exclusive interviews with those involved is available on GagaOOLala.

Kevin told said he first started work on the song in 2014 after a viral coming out video on YouTube encouraged him to tell his own family about his sexuality.

Kevin finally married his boyfriend of 16 yearsiK-UzD2)Oez5G)o-Md7vku5t4zy)Avfpe#yrWE3znjhQFBj&EC in July this year, with his parents' blessing. 

He said he had initially wanted tjpg61La8YOGvG08E$5WH*Pxi=$Biby_p=XwShMQar4h&ToWuXGo work with Lu back in 2014 when he wrote the song, but Lu was too busy.

"Somehow I just felt like this singer has the perfect voice for my song who can tell my story”. Kevin persisted and in 2019, Lu finally agre1ZrssY3f-j%hs3^%mPm6t9GOqg1hU0%[email protected])sQloyXX-h2ed.

Kevin explained that he’d heard so many sad stories about people coming out in music _s([email protected]$FsWgG(vAebs976SazsUR8Wms9pcv#rwJHOKH3d!#uFvideos, but also wanted more positive stories to be heard.

" I really want to share with people that there are actually true stories with happy ending out there”. He said it was fortuitous that the song’s releasgU8l19Gpc!-5pUMF26yJQYidMIJfU9#Uv-1%d8X79Nutas6W-Fe was delayed until same-sex marriage became legal in the country.

"This song is somewhat unique in a way, because it tells a story in a new eraOdk59TIikeMsZgbk)[email protected]_N!A5qW0mM8uaBXh+$m6eH7 when same-sex marriage is legalized in Taiwan” he said.

Director Tang, meanwhile, said he wanted to explore the fact that even though same-sex marriage is legal, LGBT people are not nece6vDzu&F#sfT(v7Juzlru+MTSOD0eNRWAfkl&=a^nJFzpn(vrW0ssarily equal in society.

"When the law i[email protected]%%DC$Hy(TYl(VhgAFzY)sJ+^Y$PzZ%b!QsG-)JNG&=QrdUs greater than the understanding of the social consensus, there will be a period of tearing and pain, and it will start to divide you” he explained.

The tw6Os*Zw*+3^ABbUl%Q7CQEr$-VMmgPV3sD3%ahyjYdrg*SPuwvBo leads roles were played by straight actors Roger Lin and Junhao Hu.

Lin took to Instagram to share his thoughts on the filming. "In fact, this song also speaks out everyone's inner voice," he wrote. "This is not only the voice from gay community, but also the vicious circle that everyonoAU0gAp%irqjEaog0tQ6C6BLrZ3zhvp6kN*&k$8qB4qfL(U*mhe tends to compare with each other."

Many people, at home and abroad, posted their own experiences of coming out and the YouTube vide*e()rK(0wABN^h-xY5vImyyBVfc3fws*!7zZ-RMXNk0xV8qsUeo. Others expressed how the music gave them encouragement and hope to come out.

“I’m crying as I watch this” one user wrote. “I had the same experienceu+ny8d2wpQ0osfY0V&pcmm+-l43607wo)G-k6-sMSdi!fUk*AJs with my Mum”.

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