Burmese actor/model Okkar Min Maung (a.k.a. Ye Htoo Win) has pulled a double-whammy coming out — he’s gay and he has an adorable boyfriend.
He made the big reveal by sharing a kiss with his Israeli partner in a Facebook video.
But while it’s easy to get wrapped up in the cuteness of it all, it’s something of a bold move. While the couple lives in New York, Burma still criminalizes gay sex, and it can carry serious prison time. That’s to say nothing of the cultural stigma that still pervades Burmese society.
As translated by Victor Muang at GayStarNews, the actor wrote in Burmese in the caption of the video: “With regards to my photos going viral online, here is the authentic answer.”
Online ???? ??????????. ???????????????????? ????????????????… I am who I am, I love who I love. I won't give up.
Posted by Ye Htoo Win on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
In English, he added: “I am who I am, I love who I love. I won’t give up.”
The “viral photos” comment refers to the fact that a friend of Maung recently leaked some private photos of him in bed with his boyfriend.
The photos attracted the attention of Burmese tabloids, and suddenly Maung’s sexuality was a big story.
By posting the video and coming out publicly, he took control over the “scandal.” While many have criticized him, Maung has the opportunity to improve the lives of LGBTQ people living in Burma by defiantly sharing his story.
We’re sure this isn’t how he imagined his coming out would go, but regardless — congrats on speaking your truth.
Millions of viewers, thousands of negative and positive comments..Thanks to those of you who support me, stand by me and change my pic as your profile pics on social medias, really appreciate it from the bottom of my heart. This is my life, my choice, I am who I am. I am strong. Just wait and see the new me. "If it doesn't challenge you, it won't change you." #lifeofme #mylove #homlsexuality #LGBT #comeoutnews #gayandproud #beyourself #beyou #myanmaractor