First openly gay K-pop boy band releases single ‘Show Me Your Pride’


South Korea’s first openly gay boy band released an anthem for the LGBTQ+ community as their first song.

Pride of the Lionesses: Four-member K-pop group Lionesses shared their first track, titled “Show Me Your Pride,” on Nov. 1, reported South China Morning Post.

  • The track was produced with support from the Ivan City Queer Cultural Fund of Beyond the Rainbow Foundation, a local activist organization that pushes for better LGBTQ+ representation in South Korea’s pop culture.
  • Lyrics for “Show Me Your Pride” tackle the challenges of LGBTQ+ life, such as dealing with coming out, homophobia and others.
  • “Let me see your pride,” the music video’s description noted. “Because you’re the one who shines like stars.” 
  • The engaging music video, which mostly features all of the members wearing masks, ends with a dramatic removal of one member’s mask.

Among trailblazers: While Lionesses is the only group to claim to be the first openly LGBTQ+ boy band in K-pop history, there are several other openly LGBTQ+ artists in the South Korean music industry, such as singer Holland and R&B star MRSHLL. 

  • Former members of K-pop groups have also come out in recent years.  
  • Jiae of Wa$$up came out as bisexual, while Hansol of Topp Dogg, came out as asexual. 
  • Meanwhile, transgender icon Harisu and transgender girl group Lady have also been active in promoting LGBTQ+ causes.
  • As LGBTQ+ representation continues to grow in Korea’s entertainment industry, more K-pop artists are now publicly expressing their support for LGBTQ+ rights.
  • BTS’ Suga revealed in a recent Billboard interview that he supports gay rights. “There’s nothing wrong. Everyone is equal,” he said.

Featured Image via LIONESSES Official

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