Holland, an openly homosexual K-pop idol, has revealed that he was the victim of a homophobic hate crime, physically and verbally, in Itaewon, South Korea.
Go Tae-seob, better known as Holland, is the first openly gay Korean pop star, which has attracted him a lot of attention over the years. He starred in a new Korean BL early this year and recently revealed that he has a new boyfriend, demonstrating all his current successes.
It’s not easy to be an LGBTQ+ star in South Korea or many other places around the world. South Korea has still yet to legalize same-gender marriage. Holland, on the other hand, has utilized his platform to advocate for LGBT+ rights through his music to fans all over the world.
Holland tweeted on April 6th, KST, that he had been the victim of a homophobic incident in which a man assaulted him, hitting him twice in the face and shouting verbally abusive comments while he was with his manager and a friend.
“This is obviously a hate crime. The fact that my sexuality as gay is public should never expose myself to this kind of violence. Nor any other LGBT+ and all elders, women, and minorities in this world. This happening in 2022 shows the sad reality of LGBT+ human rights.”
Holland tweeted, as well as two photographs of the injury, expressing his sadness about how individuals continue to abuse one another based on their sexuality and how he wishes there was more love and hope in the world rather than hate and violence.