This week read about Vincenzo Spadafora coming out on live TV in Italy, and an LGBT K-pop band debuting their song called "Show Me Your Pride" in South Korea.
Italian Politician Comes Out On Live TV
Vincenzo Spadafora, a renowned Italian politician, came out as homosexual on primetime television, claiming that it is his job as a public person.
Spadafora, 47, is a former Italian minister for youth, policies, and sport and one of the most powerful members of the populist, anti-establishment Movimento 5 Stelle (MS5) party.
According to Pink News, he came out on Rai3's late-night discussion program Che Tempo Che Fa on Nov. 7, an uncommon event in a nation with few out LGBT politicians.
Spadafora appeared on the show to promote his new book, “Unreserved,” which promises to chronicle his experience "without reservations, in politics and in life."
“I think that people’s private lives should remain that way, but I also think those with a public role, a political role like mine have some more responsibility,” said Spadafora.
LGBT K-Pop Band Releases ‘Pride’ Video
Lionesses. Image via YouTube.
With their colorful debut song video, a group claiming to be the "first openly LGBT+" K-pop boy band has debuted in South Korea.
Despite the fact that LGBT presence in South Korea is increasing, there are still just a few high-profile musicians that are openly gay, such as rapper Aquinas, trot singer Kwon Do Woon, K-pop sensation Holland, and trans girl group Lady.
According to Pink News, Lionesses, a new four-piece band, wants to change that by being outspoken about their sexuality, starting with their debut single, "Show Me Your Pride."
The joyful song delves into the difficulties of being LGBT in South Korea, including bigotry, hostility, and loneliness before discovering your tribe.
“When each LGBT+ person fights against the world, we can be strong. Our music conveys the message: ‘When we are struggling, we will be your group. Together with the group, we can overcome,’” said the band’s leader Bae Dam-jun.