Music

Pride Month: 3 LGBTQ+ Singers in Asian Pop Culture

Since I’ve been making lists of songs, manga, ect. that contain LGBTQ+ topics, I decided to write about 3 singers/personalities who are within the community. These three singers had to go live within certain societies where the topic is still quite taboo.

1- Ai Haruna

Japanese TV Personality and singer Ai Haruna is transgender. She won Miss International Queen (a transgender pageant) in 2009 in Thailand.One of her known songs is I.U.Yo.Ne I wasn’t really able to find much information about her other than her music and her winning the pageant.

2- Aaron Yan

Taiwanese actor, singer, and former member of Fahrenheit—Aaron Yan is gay. Some of the dramas he’s worked in are Gloomy Salad Days, Refresh Man, and Fall in Love with me. He also wrote two OST’s for Fall in love with me called: The Unwanted Love and That’s Not Me. Last year, he came out of the closet after a scandal that happened with an ex of his after he supposedly three-timed him. Yan did a press conference as a means to clarify the rumor that his ex spread about him cheating on three people at once. However, this did make me quite sad since Yan had to stay in the closet because his parents actually threatened to commit suicide after learning about his homosexuality years before the scandal had happened; however, Aaron did say that he’s been working on the relationship with his parents and it seems to be a bit more stable than it was before everything had happened. On the day of his birthday, his fans came to show support no matter what his sexual orientation is. He broke down in tears.

3. Holland

I had to include Holland for obvious reasons. He’s the first ever openly gay idol in K-pop. Ever since his debut single Neverland was released last year, he has been receiving non-stop support from those within the k-pop community (at least support from international fans since Korea is still slowly becoming more open-minded with the topic of people within the LGBTQ+ community). Holland has mentioned in an interview that he was bullied in school because of his sexual orientation. His debut also caused people to actually talk more about the LGBTQ+ community and how it’s still taboo within Korean society.

That’s it for today. Thank you so much for reading! Until next time, keep your paws and bowls of ramen up, everyone! Nya! 🐾

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