Trot Singer Kwon Do Woon Comes Out As Gay, Shares Thanks For Support
Trot singer Kwon Do Woon has come out as gay and shared his plans to release music about a gay relationship!
On October 6, the singer shared through his agency that he had decided to come out as gay. “I wanted to speak for the rights of sexual minorities and open the door for others in the entertainment industry to come out,” he said.
It’s reported that he is the first Korean trot singer to publicly come out as gay. Trot is a genre of Korean pop music known for its distinctive singing style.
Kwon Do Woon is a trot singer-songwriter who entered the industry in 2009 when he won the Grand Prize and Best Lyricist and Best Composer awards at the tbs College Trot Song Festival. At the time, he was studying journalism at Sogang University.
He went on to debut in 2010 through his first album “One More Glass, It’s My Style” (literal title), which was released under his real name Kwon Hyuk Min. In 2011, he promoted the dance trot song “Tonight” under the stage name Kwonstin. He recently released a remake of singer Jang Yoon Jung’s Latin dance trot song “Casanova,” and this year is his 10th debut anniversary.
Kwon Do Woon said to other LGBT people who are dreaming of being singers, “I want to become someone that you can feel a sense of kinship with and give you strength.”
On October 6, Kwon Do Woon posted on Instagram to share an article about his coming out and he wrote, “I’ve been very surprised to see all the articles since this morning. I’ll work harder. Thank you for your support.”
In a phone call with the outlet Newsen, Kwon Do Woon was asked if he had expected to receive such support from the public. “I didn’t expect it at all,” he said. “I’m so grateful and happy, and it’s an honor.”
Kwon Do Woon shared that he’s receiving casting offers from many television shows, and he said he’d particularly like to go on MBC’s “Omniscient Interfering View” to show himself and his manager.
The singer said that he’ll be releasing a new full album on October 30. “It’s my eighth album, and the title track is a gay trot remake of Chae Yeon’s ‘Two of Us.'” He explained, “It’s a dance trot song about a man seducing a man. It will be something new and fresh.”