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Korean Trot Singer Kwon Do-woon Comes Out As Gay + Expresses Hopes To Open New Horizons And Speak Out For LGBTQ+ Rights In Korea

Credit: MIDUM Entertainment

Kwon Do-woon has come out as gay.

Through his agency MIDUM Entertainment, Trot singer Kwon Do-woon, who is currently celebrating his 10th anniversary, publicly came out as gay.

In 2009, Kwon Do-woon, a journalism and broadcasting student from Sogang University, broke into the trot music scene after participating in the 2nd Annual tbs University Student Trot Music Competition. He won the grand prize, best lyricist award, and best composer award.

In 2010, Kwon made his official debut on Kwon Hyuk Min’s 1st album ‘You’re My Style / Another Shot’ (literal translation). In 2011, he began promoting under the stage name Kwonstin with his dance trot track “Tonight.” Recently, he released a Latin dance trot rendition of Jang Yoon Jung’s “Casanova.”

Kwon Do-woon told OSEN, “I received inspiration from chef Hong Seok Cheon. Although I do not know him personally, I had the chance to meet him several times and he gave me courage.”

He continued, “When we met for an unofficial occasion, I was able to see a very happy side of Hong Seok Cheon. I thought it would be best for me to come out when I had nothing to lose, so I did it. It would be very hard for me if there was a lot that I could lose.”

However, people close to Kwon tried to dissuade him. He worried that his friends, family members, and acquaintances would think of him in a negative light. But Kwon Do Woon revealed, “I think of this as something I have to go through in life. And even though I already began to get accustomed to the entertainment industry, it’s better to face difficulties first, as some people say. So I thought it would be appropriate to do it now.”

Kwon Do-woon then shared, “I wanted to speak out for the human rights of sexual minorities and play a role in opening the horizon for people in the entertainment industry to come out. Going forward, I want to become someone who can speak out for the voices of sexual minorities.”

Congratulations Kwon Do-woon! We will always support you!

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