“Through his hilarious representation on and off the screen, Bowen Yang is inspiring LGBTQ young people and many others to embrace their authentic selves,” HRC president Alphonso David said. “As one of SNL’s openly gay and the only Asian American cast member, Yang is boldly moving visibility forward.”
Prior to landing his role on SNL, Yang made appearances on television shows such as “Broad City” and “High Maintenance.”
The 29-year-old actor has always been open about his sexuality. Out Magazine, which named Yang as one of their top 100 entertainers earlier this year, praised him for “bringing the queer agenda to television.”
The son of Chinese immigrants, Yang studied chemistry at NYU and is currently based in Brooklyn.