12:46 am - 11/20/2018

On Twitter, Jo Kwon is rare voice of support in K-pop for LGBT fans

Though Jo Kwon’s career is currently on hold, LGBT fans cannot thank him enough for his support for the LGBT community on Twitter.

The singer is currently serving in the military after enlisting earlier this month to fulfill South Korea’s mandatory military service requirement, but his online presence is stronger than ever. This is due in large part to his willingness to voice support for sexual minorities -- a rare bold move in the K-pop world.

In one of the recent tweets on his rainbow emoji-filled page, which has more than 1.2 million followers, Kwon quoted two Bible verses: “You judge according to the flesh; I judge no one” and “Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.”

The post featured a poster for the film “Boy Erased,” about a boy who is forced to take part in a “conversion therapy” program.

One LGBT fan praised Kwon for promoting acceptance in a lengthy direct message that the singer shared on Twitter.

“My views on religion became very negative after seeing Christian groups brand homosexuality as a sin. But reading Jo Kwon’s Instagram posts without prejudice that God loves everyone touched me. Jo Kwon helped me overcome my own negative perception about religious people,” the message read.

In another post featuring yet another rainbow emoji, Kwon shared a series of private messages he received from fans thanking him for his LGBT-friendly posts.

“Hi, I’ve only been a fan of yours for a day. I’ve been watching ‘Golden Tambourine’ videos featuring you a few times since a couple of weeks ago. I respect your queer-friendly attitude and your interest in drag is cool, which is why I became a fan,” one message read.

The post showing the private messages was met with a slew of positive replies including a tweet that read, “We don’t deserve you.”

In 2017, Kwon appeared on the cable show “Golden Tambourine,” where he channeled his inner Beyonce by appearing in drag on national TV while lip-syncing the US artist’s song “Crazy in Love.”

But not everyone was a fan of his performance, with one user on web portal Naver writing, “He cross-dressed again?”

In response to the criticism, the singer responded with a tweet: “I was born this way. Don’t be a drag. Just be a queen/king.” His comment was a reference to Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way.”

Jo Kwon is no stranger to controversy over his gender-bending stage performances.

In 2012, the singer was in the headlines for performing on TV in 19.5-centimeter heels when he debuted as a solo artist, drawing both support and criticism from fans -- some of whom missed the clean-cut, conservative look he was known for as part of the group 2AM.

Despite many male K-pop idols sporting rather boyish and sometimes androgynous looks, artists who defy K-pop’s narrow beauty standards often become the target of online criticism and even trolling.

A YouTube video of Amber of f(x) mocking netizens’ hateful comments about her androgynous looks went viral in 2017.

In the video, the singer was running around looking for her chest in response to a YouTube comment disparaging her body.

Upon reading another comment, making fun of her short hairdo by asking “How is this young man in a group?” she jokingly responded: “You have to cut your hair so that it covers half of your face.”

Jo Kwon is expected to be discharged from the military in March 2020.

source: kwon_jo, 2AMkwon, thesummergirl_10, koreaherald
chimpansee 20th-Nov-2018 12:02 am (UTC)
He's such an absolute king and much more of a man than any homophobic piece of trash who gives him shit for being 'too feminine'. So damn brave, bless him.
ursulavosyem 20th-Nov-2018 12:34 am (UTC)
Being vocally supportive is so important. I had no idea he was religious either, or did I get that wrong? Either way, more power to him.

It's so disappointing to see people spreading hate over someone's appearance. I remember that video Amber made, and while it was funny, it's also sad that she was pushed to that point. People need to lay off.
dropit87 20th-Nov-2018 02:27 am (UTC)
Animal is a damn jam! He's precious and a treasure!!
baekpedaling 20th-Nov-2018 02:53 am (UTC)
Animal is one of my fav songs and stages
dropit87 21st-Nov-2018 02:08 am (UTC)
Surprise J-Hope also
baekpedaling 21st-Nov-2018 02:57 am (UTC)
I remember watching some stages before BTS debuted and then afterward finding them again and being shocked
frequency 20th-Nov-2018 04:21 am (UTC)
i don't actively keep up w/ him, but i always thought he seemed like a really nice and good person.
violentiak 20th-Nov-2018 05:22 am (UTC)
I appreciate Kwon so much.
daynr 20th-Nov-2018 06:07 am (UTC)
lovely post, seemingly lovely man. Thanks OP for the positive update!
shawarmafordays 20th-Nov-2018 06:55 am (UTC)
Jo Kwon will always have a huge place in my heart.

I'm so glad that he uses his influence to speak up about issues like this.
babyjenkski 20th-Nov-2018 07:33 am (UTC)
Thanks OP for this post! I've always admired him for being so talented. His voice is really beautiful and he dances well. As a celebrity from SK who supports LGBT, that's really huge since the topic of LGBT seems to still be a taboo in their country.
daceymormont 20th-Nov-2018 07:42 am (UTC)
i love him so much. we need more idols like him.
921227 20th-Nov-2018 08:44 am (UTC)
Hes a gem

mikachi613 20th-Nov-2018 04:44 pm (UTC)
He's the hero we need and deserve.
I also love watching his lowkey fanboying over Drag Race, especially last season when he liked all the girls' announcement photos except Aquaria's like the shade king he is.
merely_a_facade 21st-Nov-2018 04:47 pm (UTC)
Late but I appreciate that Kwon is both religious AND supportive of LGBTQs. I'm sick of people using religion as a shield to be ignorant / hateful / etc. Kudos to Jo Kwon for being & speaking <3
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