1:37 pm - 12/14/2013


Jonghyun recently changed his Twitter dp to this:

Translation of the picture of the open letter on Jonghyun's Twitter profile:

Hyunstar about Jonghyun’s new profile picture content: “Jonghyun’s new profile picture is a message stuck on the notice board of a certain university’s sociology department. The title of the essay is: “Not welcomed no matter what we are called”. The essence of the content is to encourage people to stop discriminating against LGTBs.

< No matter what name you call us, we are not ‘Annyeong’ (well) >

Last April, the third attempt to enact anti-discrimination legislation was turned down because of those who loathe equality. In September, Kim Jo-kwang-soo and Kim Seung-hwan publically held a same sex wedding for the first time in Korea. There were disturbances such as human excrements being thrown onto the stage, but Kim Jo-kwang-soo and Kim Seung-hwan marched down the aisle with pride as to prove that “love is stronger than hate.” But a few days ago, their marriage registration was denied. Also, some people voiced ridiculous claims that textbooks should discuss the issue of the humans rights of sexual minorities as a topic you agree or disagree with.

Many of you who read this will think like this: how on earth does this concern me or the state of current affairs? But because I know him [Kim Jo-kwang-su], I can tell you this. Whether you are pleased with this or not, this is the story of the world that sexual minorities, including myself, live through, who dine, take classes, study, and have debates with with all of you. This is another side of the current affairs of the society we live in.

Yes, I am a sexual minority. I am a male to female transgender person and I am bisexual. I am a woman. I am of the “880,000 Won” generation. I am a college student. I am one of the inheritors of the working class. What more names can you call me by? There will be no end if you tried to enumerate them one by one. It’s not just me, but probably all of you are living in the present, being called by numerous names.

But I am not okay, not at peace at any moment, whichever name I am being called. Today’s Korean society not only can’t enact an anti-discrimination law, but discriminates against sexual minorities on a daily basis, throws rampant unfair criticism and hatred towards females, exploits the young generation, forces college students to be absorbed with employment instead of academics. Which name should I be called in order to be at ease?

Someone asked us this. Are you guys Annyeong, whether we are doing well. That’s what I’m saying. Are we all well when we’re relieved that anothers’ pain is “not mine,” growing accustomed to closing our eyes and blocking our ears in order to protect our own lives? How well can we be in a cold-hearted world when it continuously presses us to give up empathy?

I’m not saying that we all should pour out on the streets and start throwing stones. It’s just that, if this story of asking whether all of us living today are Annyeong (doing well) provides an opportunity to look into the face of the person next to you and call their name, I think this has been worthwhile. As the world becomes lonelier, I think, contrary to our belief, the way for us to become ‘well’ is nearby. Right now, please ask the person next to you, “Are you well?”

From snowy Sungkonghoe University,

Kim Eun-ha, Department of Social Sciences

T/N: Annyeong: the literal definition of the greeting is ‘a state of tranquility’
T/N: 880,000 Won Generation refers to the demographic of Korea in their 20’s that suffered employment instability around 2007. Multiplying the average paycheck of part time workers, 1,190,000 won (1130 USD), by the average salary rate for people in their 20s, 73%, results in 880,000 Won. This is the first amongst many generations in Korea to play the “Game of the Winner Takes All.” This term was first used in the book 880,000 Won Generation, published in August, 2007. The author, Woo Suk-hoon says “Only the top 5% of people in their 20s will have a stable job above middle management and the others will live on part time employment with an average wage of 880,000 Won.” [naver encyclopedia/ MK Business News,news.mk.co.kr ]

Kim Eun-ha, the author of this letter got a wind of this and posted up a DM of her conversation with Jonghyun.

cr. realjonghyun90
dm msg: eunhafree
trans: dustypixie718, screencap trans: dustypixie718

so nice ;~~~;
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zuluuluz 14th-Dec-2013 06:41 pm (UTC)
needs a when will your faves tag
anthonymarie 14th-Dec-2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
of course how could i have forgotten
zuluuluz 14th-Dec-2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
i just want to squish him in a ball and take him home with me he is just asljdhasjdhlh
my mannn yesss
bunica1990 15th-Dec-2013 11:33 am (UTC)
what a man
babyonions 14th-Dec-2013 06:43 pm (UTC)
I don't know what to say, all my biases are killing it this week. I'm so proud <3
bunica1990 15th-Dec-2013 11:33 am (UTC)
uledy 14th-Dec-2013 06:44 pm (UTC)


My Jjong feels are on overload.

I need a moment to collect myself.

Excuse me. ;_____;
zuluuluz 14th-Dec-2013 06:48 pm (UTC)
omfg im getting weirdly emotional over this
bless him bless him
i need to sleep now but...
goldynchickie 14th-Dec-2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
Jjong I can't with your flawlessness

achan123 14th-Dec-2013 08:24 pm (UTC)
lol at taemin behind sitting with that bird on his head :P
sub_divided 14th-Dec-2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
thesundayaffair 14th-Dec-2013 06:50 pm (UTC)
You throw shit at two people who just wants to be together because they love each other and think that you are holier than them? Seriously? I feel sorry for you and hope you never ever reproduce for the sake of humanity.

I hope no one gives perfect flawless jonghyun shit for this
she_devil666 14th-Dec-2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
If they do jjong can handle them. Just like when people were throwing hate when he and taemin were first doing the internet war perf and he changed his dp to the end of the perf of him and taemin holding hands as basically a big FU to the haters because he was proud of it. Someone bless this awesome man <333
ashiva 14th-Dec-2013 06:52 pm (UTC)
Wow! It's very rare from an idol, especially from SM idol, support this publicly such a controversial issue in Korea. Props for him! <3
leorizanzel 15th-Dec-2013 11:36 am (UTC)
Yes, it's not often that idols come out in support of LGBT rights, but BoA publicly supports the LGBT community and performed at a Pride festival in San Francisco a few years ago! I love her so much.
project_break 14th-Dec-2013 06:55 pm (UTC)
Oh my god. I don't actually have words... Kim Jonghyun, thank you for using your influence for such a wonderful thing. It's great to see an LGBT* ally in the idol world. <3 Ah. I can't stop smiling. :-D
torontok 14th-Dec-2013 06:57 pm (UTC)
I actually got teary-eyed.Move over Taemin, I have a new Shinee bias.
Seriously tho, this is amazing of hi mand his message to her was so sweet.Although I worry about the netizen reaction from this.And I get the feeling many fangirls might miss the point of this
w/e, come here Jjong, lemme love you
post_dada 14th-Dec-2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
like the fact that he messaged her and *asked* her if she was okay with him bringing that kind of attention to her. He didn't just assume.

I'm suuuper worried about public and SM response to this. Also
post_dada 14th-Dec-2013 06:58 pm (UTC)

ugh this perfection
hawk_fry 14th-Dec-2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
Literally me right now.

He's so perfect it hurts
footballfina 14th-Dec-2013 06:59 pm (UTC)

he's flaw-fucking-free
kevinmchale 14th-Dec-2013 06:59 pm (UTC)
trying to hold my tears already as i read the open letter but lost it when i got to the dm part </3
the_erotomanic 14th-Dec-2013 07:00 pm (UTC)
well, i have no reason not to stan him anymore
zuluuluz 14th-Dec-2013 07:09 pm (UTC)

welcome to the fold, bb
tingl 14th-Dec-2013 07:05 pm (UTC)
Wow. I'm geuinuely touched by his gesture. Though I've not been following Kpop for a few years alrd, I remember seeing OMTD posts on Jonghyun's constant efforts to bring an important matter to everyone's attention. Considering how huge homophobia is in Korea, and especially after reading the vile comments about Kim Jo Kwang-soo and Kim Seung-hwan on Netizenbuzz recently.. It really warms my heart to see a celebrity doing something like this. You are too amazing, Jonghyun.

& I teared up a lil while reading the letter.
timetobegin 14th-Dec-2013 07:06 pm (UTC)
Great of him to publically support this; it's needed, ofcourse. Let's hope he can do more in the future than just post pictures!

Edited at 2013-12-14 07:08 pm (UTC)
blinkmyday 14th-Dec-2013 07:07 pm (UTC)
That DM conversation is everything. T____T
elastchik 14th-Dec-2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm crying at how perfect he is.
Honestly I wouldn't have expected this 4 years ago... FORGIVE ME JONGHYUN <3
achan123 14th-Dec-2013 08:27 pm (UTC)
ur icon
like dude.... :(
seriously dude... :/
cimelleh 14th-Dec-2013 07:14 pm (UTC)
this is admirable & brave; good, this is good.
merely_a_facade 14th-Dec-2013 07:15 pm (UTC)
4 for you Kim Jonghyun.
ah_mui 14th-Dec-2013 07:16 pm (UTC)
Oh Jonghyun, when I first fell for you years ago I never knew you'd grow to be someone this flaw-free.
aiedailglow 15th-Dec-2013 01:44 am (UTC)

and every time I thought he couldn't be more perfect he proved me wrong :')
plantbottle 14th-Dec-2013 07:24 pm (UTC)
ugh yes I love my bias so much ;~;
purekpopology 14th-Dec-2013 07:28 pm (UTC)
Wow, I have to admit, I've always found Jonghyun really annoying for some reason, but I'm pretty much ready to take back every bad thought I've ever had about him, because of this. I hope this doesn't stop here, and either other idols join him in showing support for the LGBTQ community, or he's asked about it on variety shows and stays strong in beliefs.
fifi_moon 14th-Dec-2013 08:17 pm (UTC)
this is pretty much my post as well!

annayism 14th-Dec-2013 07:29 pm (UTC)
my ultimate bias is perfect in every way <3
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