Happy Pride Month! For many in the LBGTQIA community, K-Pop provides a welcome escape from the harsh realities of shame and discrimination. MonstaX members Wonho and Jooheon received a plea for advice from a gay Monbebe (Monbebe being an affectionate term for a fan of the group).
The netizen asked, “I’m homosexual, so my parents are not supporting me. What should I do?”
After a moment of contemplation, Wonho urged the fan to stand up for themselves and not back down from their struggle.
In his words:
I think in this case, I can only say that you need to face it head on. It would be great if your parents supported you right away, but if your parents do not support you, then you must face it and overcome it… I don’t know what your parents might say, but until you can get them to understand… I mean, in truth, there’s nothing to really ‘understand’ about it, but all people are different and so I think you need to face it until they can understand
Jooheon also chimed in thoughtfully, declaring, “Whatever the situation, believe that what you feel is right is the right thing.” Both boy band members then urged the asker to keep “fighting!”
You can watch the full exchange via this video posted to Twitter.
🐰 👤 : 부모님이 제가 동성애자이기 때문에 저를 지지해주지 않는대요
🐰 근데 이거는… … 부딪혀 나가야지 이겨내야지 사실 이해라고 할 것도 없지만 사람마다 다르니까, 이해하실 수있게 부딪힐 수밖에 없는 것 같아요
🐝 자기가 생각하는게 맞다고 생각하고 무엇이든 그냥…
— 👑 (@__EMP3R0R) June 10, 2019
Many of Wonho’s superfans were not surprised by the moving, heartfelt statement, as he is known for his liberal and fluid views on gender and sexuality.
Saying headbands are not just for girls
Wearing womenswear sweater
Wearing crop top
WONHO SAID FUCK GENDER NORMS!!
WHAT A ROLE MODEL!!@OfficialMonstaX
Pics Credit : Owners pic.twitter.com/FVTmaQXUMm
— Butter Chickyun (@RamenhaeMXMB) February 18, 2019
Don't forget that Wonho is a lgbtq+ supporter. Many know this already but back in his ulzzang days he defended a lesbian ulzzang when she was bullied, had friends that are gay/ trans since pre-debut, his ex is trans & he is said to have dated that person in order to protect them.
— your daily honey (@Joohoneyland) May 22, 2018
South Korea is an extremely conservative nation, so Wonho and Jooheon’s support are a refreshing and welcome attitude, especially with June’s Pride Month!
Via All K-Pop