[Pictured: The Boyz holding Pride flags]
Today, 2021-06-01, is the beginning of Pride Month. Several K-pop artists have shown support for the LGBT+ community, and here are just a few.
RM of BTS acknowledged the LGBT+ community in their speech at the United Nations in 2018. By stating gender identity, it shows acceptance for every no matter how a person chooses to identify.
“no matter who you are, where you are from, your skin color, your gender identity.”
BangChan of Stray Kids had a video call event around Halloween. The individual on the call was telling him about their girlfriend and saying how they met because of Stray Kids.
Chan: What are you doing for Halloween?
Stay: My girlfriend is in town. I actually wanted to tell you about her. Her name is Em, we met earlier this year because of Stray Kids.
Chan: Because of us?
Chan: I’m so happy
Stay: We’ve been together officially for like five months now.
Chan: That’s good, that’s good, and you guys are happy?
Stay: Yeah, so we are spending Halloween together. We’re going to do some like pumpkin patch things.
Chan: I’m really proud I don’t know why
Dreamcatcher’s Yoohyeon wore a transgender pin to show her support. She wore it during her concept photoshoot for Dreamcatcher’s first Korean concert.
Mamamoo are big allies of the LGBT+ community as well. They have performed with genderqueer backup dancers. they also made this statement during an interview:
“We love and care so much for all people of every race, sexuality, religion and gender”
Blackpink’s Jisoo recommended the book “The Prince of Salt”, which is about a relationship between two women, to her fans after she was asked what she was currently reading on her VLive.
Amber of f(x) is known for speaking in support of the LGBT+ community. During an interview for her mixtape Rogue Rogue, she said this:
“I have a lot of LGBTQ friends, and when you love someone so much, why would anyone take that away from somebody? Just like I say on “Closed Doors,” that’s their privacy, that’s their relationship. Are you in a relationship with them too? No, you’re not! When I hang out with one of my trans friends, he’s so happy to be who he is now. And seeing him transition through that process, it’s amazing. And you know, love is love. Love is eternal. Love takes on many shapes and forms and [these songs are] for whoever you want to sing [them]. Gay, straight, bi, whatever, it doesn’t matter. Love is love.”
The Boyz member Juyeon openly supports and promotes photographer Paolo Raeli who regularly posts LGBT+ works and Juyeon said it was inspiring. He also said that “love is love” when a fan, who identified as male, asked if he could love him.
So many K-pop artists have also waved Pride flags during concerts.
Yeri (Red Velvet):
These are not all examples of K-pop idols supporting the LGBT+ community, there are so many more!