With the Hallyu wave taking over the world, led by the popularity of K-pop music and K-dramas, South Korea’s contribution to the global pop culture scene can no longer be ignored. The country’s celebrities have also become favourites among luxury fashion houses that recognise their massive influence. However, despite this impact on the world’s cultural and economic landscape, South Korea still remains a nation where LGBTQ+ issues and rights are considered taboo.
While the community is not criminalised, their issues are met with hostility, and often, there is little to no representation in mainstream media. This is why it becomes incredibly important when South Korean celebrities use their platform to show their support as allies of the community. These stars reportedly face an unspoken pressure to remain apolitical and, therefore, it becomes noteworthy when A-listers with global fanbases like BTS and Blackpink put their might behind supposedly taboo issues like that.
BTS, one of the most popular boy bands in the world, often use their songs and numerous stage appearances to show their support for the community. Most notably, leader RM’s speech at the United Nations General Assembly urged young people around the world to speak up about their true selves and love whomever they want.
Aside from BTS, artists like 2NE1’s CL, Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany, Red Velvet’s Yeri, solo singer IU, and Sunmi have also been vocal supporters of the LGBTQ+ community. Here are some of the times our favourite K-pop idols used their style to promote LGBTQ+ designers and raise awareness about the rights of the community…