9:29 pm - 12/15/2017

Kim Minsung (formerly Hansol of Topp Dogg) talks queer

Kim Minsung (who previously came out as asexual) posted to his Instagram:



I think that Korea isn’t very familiar with queer. People who have many queer identities are hiding, fighting, and not caring. Despite such facts, there are a lot of people who want to erase their existence.
People love people, it’s very unfortunate to have to receive consent from others, social abbreviations are made and torn down for different reasons. I actually don’t need to post my subject officially but I will now carefully pass along my thoughts. In my chaotic past, I did not think the word “queer” existed in this world. I wondered how good the love of the world would be if queer wasn’t a word and it was free under “law”. It was difficult; a lot of people were curious about my queer identity, 사람들과 다른 자신을 원망하는 소리와 함께 저에게서부터 답을 찾고자 I wanted to write a post to give courage to those who asked. I talk a lot about the world not having the correct answer. Yes, that’s right. To me, too, honestly, aromantic & asexual do not truly define the status of my identity. I decided to never confine to what others saw me as (cr). I do not ignore my important identity, I do not let those who hate me for my sexuality hurt me. Yes. “I’m not attracted to the opposite sex. Yet not the same sex. I didn’t bother to date. I hate sex very very much” is me now and that is actually fun and good. Have strength. There are people like me that are also living a fun life.
Do not tilt your ear to their words. You are the most important, you are special.

(T/N: This is a photo of the California wildfires by Noah Berge)

sources: Kim Minsung's ig, translation via kimminsunginsta tumblr

*psst* maybe donate to minsung's gofundme if you're so inclined
moronicus_kyla 16th-Dec-2017 05:09 am (UTC)

"I do not ignore my important identity, I do not let those who hate me for my sexuality hurt me. Yes. “I’m not attracted to the opposite sex. Yet not the same sex. I didn’t bother to date. I hate sex very very much” is me now and that is actually fun and good. Have strength. There are people like me that are also living a fun life.
Do not tilt your ear to their words. You are the most important, you are special."


I don't know this guy and have been out of the loop for so long that I don't even know his group but these are great words to hear from someone young and looked up to by other young people :)

kristinl356 16th-Dec-2017 06:11 am (UTC)
You should check out some of his dance videos. This one is my favorite.

jyusou 16th-Dec-2017 05:35 am (UTC)
As a demisexual, this is really refreshing. I applaud and respect him for being clear and firm in his position regarding sexuality, having the courage to say these things, and recognising its complexity all the same.
nightfrost75 16th-Dec-2017 05:36 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this. The IG translation was wonky and i searched twitter in vain for a proper one.
I was already proud of Minsung but I'm even prouder now.
lemonadetea 16th-Dec-2017 05:39 am (UTC)
Argh I don't know him, but I'm crying. I'm glad to see someone talking about asexuality openly. (And also the discomfort with labels!)
iksagor 16th-Dec-2017 05:46 am (UTC)
As someone who is Gray-A, I really really am proud of him for talking about this and sharing his story.
nana_the_dwarf 16th-Dec-2017 06:40 am (UTC)
It's been interesting seeing how kpop/idols have evolved over the years from simple fanservice (and bigotry) to addressing or acknowledging sexual minorities and now someone has officialy come out. Mad respect to him.
youtubelargo 16th-Dec-2017 07:16 am (UTC)
I just donated. A lot of respect and good wishes his way!! :D
racquelle2005 16th-Dec-2017 07:50 am (UTC)
His intentions are good but I am very uncomfortable with non gay/bisexual/trans people using the word queer. It is not their slur to reclaim-. The fact that he came out as asexual and got minimal backlash compared to if he would have came out as gay says a lot and it really irritates me to see non gay people using lgbt specific language to describe this guys situation. it is not the same at all. Good for him but being asexual and being aromatic is not the same as being lgbt

Edited at 2017-12-16 07:59 am (UTC)
yixingsforehead 16th-Dec-2017 11:42 am (UTC)
as someone who only speaks english as a second language, somewhat familiar with this terminology, but not too much -- thanks for this comment, cause i was really surprised of the use of 'queer' in this ig post, but not surprised enough to ask if it was the right term or not
baekpedaling 16th-Dec-2017 09:18 am (UTC)
Thanks for this post, OP. I've been trying to stay up to date with him since he's a long time fav of mine. I didn't even know what name he was going by (Hansol or his real name)
And thanks, Kim Minsung for just being you
revedesnuages 16th-Dec-2017 12:34 pm (UTC)
I'm so thankful for Kim Minsung for asexual visibility because my coworkers (and various relatives) keep invalidating my sexuality on a daily basis by making comments about how it'll change when I grow older, it's not a real sexuality, it's not natural, and I just haven't found the right man yet rme.

As someone who does not experience romantic or sexual attraction and identifies as aromantic asexual, I do agree with others in this thread that q**** is not our word to reclaim because it was never a slur used against us. But that can't be generalized to the ace community at large because there's a lot of people who have intersectional identities that also identify as LGBT.
kazu_kumaguro 16th-Dec-2017 05:14 pm (UTC)
my friends kept invalidating me as well and branded me as sexually repressed (can't remember the term they used but it's insulting) and I just think that way just because I haven't done it, and they are supposedly 'open-minded', I have given up on trying to educate them really
audiograms I am so proud, 16th-Dec-2017 03:09 pm (UTC)
he always seemed like he wanted to speak up, and now he left topp dogg...


violoncelliste 16th-Dec-2017 10:33 pm (UTC)
comments like in this post are the reason i take periodic 4months breaks from omona lmao you guys sure know how to make someone feel wanted here! /sarcasm

anyway, good for him! i'm glad he can talk about these things freely
giriboy 17th-Dec-2017 12:57 am (UTC)
rhetoric (esp. regarding the one in this post. lmao, i have been checking on this post since it’s been posted, UGH) is exhausting & it’s okay if you need to take periodic breaks from omona 💓 it’s not worth getting worked for for this
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