K-Pop has made an impact on fans all over the world – with our favorite idols being not only the soundtrack during some of our best times, but also giving us inspiration during some of our hardest times too. With that in mind, it is no wonder that many in the LGBTQ+ community have found strength in the K-Pop scene, finding a place where they feel like they can truly be themselves. Over the past few years, queer issues continue to come to the forefront in South Korea, and more and more K-Pop idols are speaking up as LGBTQ+ allies. As Coming Out Day in only a few weeks away, theQoos has collected some of our favorite quotes from idols in support of the LGBTQ+ community.
“I want you to be yourself, love, we are all the same, we are all humans, we’re the same. So love yourself, don’t try to change yourself, just be you, and that’s enough. If you’re happy with yourself, that’s like everything. If you’re happy with yourself, that’s enough.”
LOONA’s Official Instagram
“I heard the LGBTQ+ community was really interested in the continued worlds of ‘New’ [her solo single] and [fellow LOONA member] Chuu’s solo ‘Heart Attack’ [which many fans interpret as depicting a lesbian relationship]. When the songs were being written and the videos filmed, we didn’t see them like that. For us, they were stories about yearning, but we were also thankful when they were translated that way. We want to go beyond gender, race, and nationality.”
Big Hit Entertainment
“No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin color, your gender identity, just speak yourself. Find your name and find your voice by speaking yourself.”
Tiffany Young (Girls’ Generation)
“Throughout my career as a Korean-American living between Korea and the US, there have been times where I felt culturally misunderstood, lost, and alone. The focus on self-love, unconditional love, acceptance, freedom of expression, and hope are a few of the uplifting themes the LGBTQ community have continuously inspired me with, making a huge positive impact on my life by giving me the courage to keep going during the times I felt there was nowhere to go.”
MAMAMOO’s Official Instagram
“Whether it’s men or women, they’re all the same people. They’re people you can love. And you can’t say one or the other is wrong. People simply have different thoughts, they aren’t wrong.”
“We’re so thankful that [LGBTQ+ fans] appreciate our music and performances, and I hope that we can make a better place together. For everybody, for all equal rights.”
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