Although homosexuality is not criminalised in South Korea, the LGBTQ+ community still largely exists on the margins of mainstream society, and its members are often subjected to discrimination. The community faces legal obstacles: there are no anti-discrimination laws to safeguard LGBTQ+ rights, no recognition of same-sex partnerships, and consenting sex between military personnel may lead to up to two years in prison. However, support for LGBTQ+ rights has grown over the years. In Korean music, K-pop idols have lent their voice to educate fans on LGBTQ+ issues. Here are six of the most influential idols who have brought change for the community: STYLE LGBTQ+ Series: Queer voices BTS’ RM and Jungkook In his speech at the United Nations General Assembly 2018, BTS’ leader, RM, urged young people to speak for themselves. “I want to hear your voice,” he said. “I want to hear your conviction. No matter where you’re from, skin, colour, gender identity, just speak for yourself. Find your name [and] find your voice.” His message drew attention, especially from the LGBTQ+ community. 좋다~~ #RMusic pic.twitter.com/ImWpBWgFGG — 방탄소년단 (@BTS_twt) April 15, 2018 RM and fellow member Jungkook have also significantly covered gay singer Troye Sivan’s Fools. RM also used his Twitter account to recommend Sivan’s Strawberries & Cigarettes track from the coming-of-age gay film, Love, Simon. 5 recent LGBTQ+ movies that have driven the conversation Holland Holland’s debut video for Neverland featured a same-sex kiss – a risky move that might end the young singer’s career. But the video proved otherwise; it racked up more than a million views in 24 hours. On working for inclusivity and acceptance, he told Vogue UK , “I believe the music I make, the messages I deliver to my fans and the meaning of my existence itself influences people.” 6 groundbreaking Asian LGBTQ+ dramas challenging gender norms Sunmi Haha I was saying "I have so many different sides of me like dorky and LGBT queen..." Yeah, I support LGBT but don't get me wrong guys — Miyayeah (@miyaohyeah) June 4, 2019 not cops at pride, only sunmi with lgbt flags pic.twitter.com/XyD9hjwdkF — q (@_l_q_l_) June 3, 2019 The K-pop idol showed solidarity when she carried a rainbow flag at a concert in Amsterdam. Although she doesn’t identify as LGBTQ+, fans have dubbed her “LGBT Queen” due to her support for the community. Super Junior’s Kim Heechul Heechul was hounded by rumours about his sexuality but he chose to ignore them, realising his denial might be disrespectful to gay people. He also openly supported the same-sex marriage of film director Kim Jho Kwang-soo (Kim-Jho Gwangsoo). 75,000 K-pop fans paid US$27 to stream SuperM’s live concert stream Tiffany Young @TiffanyYoung wrote a love letter to the LGBTQ community. #30dayspride https://t.co/OMdpZ7zlLY pic.twitter.com/NYlSkpoyW6 — Billboard Pride (@BillboardPride) June 27, 2018 The K-pop artist penned an open letter for Billboard to express her “gratitude and love” to the LGBTQ+ community for having given “love, beauty, inspiration, and light in every corner of the world.” She said LGBTQ+ themes of acceptance, freedom of expression, and hope have inspired and uplifted her during difficult times Want more stories like this? Sign up here . Follow STYLE on Facebook , Instagram , YouTube and Twitter .