Despite South Korea’s conservatism towards gay rights, the members of the beloved K-Pop boy group SHINee have been recognized LGBTQIA+ allies for years.
who else gay. Happy pride month guys pic.twitter.com/IXQ5U62US8
— ً (@shineefile) June 1, 2021
131215 Jonghyun's DMs with a trans bi college student
trans cr: dustypixie718 pic.twitter.com/3xrKoPhikJ
— Jonghyun On This Day (@jjongonthisday) December 15, 2019
Last year, Minho even portrayed gay character Woo Gi, a colleague of the female lead in the K-Drama adaptation of Webtoon Yumi’s Cells.
The reason behind why he chose the role was particularly admirable. He hoped viewers would find “comfort” in the representation.
Now, Minho has proved himself to be a true ally again during his trip in England.
Minho has been sharing lots of pictures from his travels and sightseeing. One of his latest posts includes him at The Notting Hill Book Shop Ltd.
Shawols (SHINEE fans) couldn’t help but notice the third slide (what he was taking a photo of in the first slide). It was the display window featuring a majority of LGBTQIA+ focused books, including Shon Faye‘s The Transgender Issue, Catherine Lord and Richard Meyer‘s Art and Queer Culture, Daisy Jones‘ All The Things She Said, and Joanna McClintick‘s ‘Twas the Night Before Pride.
Minho’s heart and allyship are yet more reasons why Shawols love him.
– minho really wanted to take part in yumi’s cells s1 and hoped everyone receive comfort from his character ugi who is gay
– minho posted a pic on his Instagram of the pride books collection at the notting hill bookshop in london
I LOVE HIM SO MUCH 🙁 pic.twitter.com/GeC78tEVhG
— 💌 (@its5HINee) July 6, 2022
It was a subtle but notable way to show his allyship even after Pride Month!