It can be difficult for idols to open up about their support for the LGBTQ+ community without backlash, but the Stray Kids members have showed how much they love all fans, regardless of sexuality or gender, on multiple occasions.
1. When Bang Chan included non-binary people
When Bang Chan was giving his speech at the group’s District 9: Unlock concert in LA on February 16, he made sure not to limit his words to those who identify within the gender binary.
— addy (@CB97LINO) February 17, 2020
Bang Chan talked about what made the concert special is that everyone is welcome—no matter whether “you’re a boy, a girl, or anyone else you choose to be”, showing his acknowledgement for those who are non-binary or identify with other genders.
2. When they met a fan at New York Pride
Back in 2018 when Stray Kids performed at KCON in New York, the capital city’s Pride festival was being held at the same time. The yearly event celebrates and supports the LGBTQ+ community.
The day after KCON, several Stays spotted the members exploring the city while the Pride events were taking place.
"When I look in the mirror, I realized that it might not be myself." – Kim Seungmin
I am NOT is about identity confusion and STRAY KIDS encouraging us to be who we really are
Today, they went to the NYC Pride to SUPPORT the LGBT community who chose to become true to themselves. pic.twitter.com/G4oPbRI5UT
— David || #UNVEILTOURInManila (@PROCHRISTIN8ING) June 25, 2018
She said she only got to speak to Felix, but all the members were smiling and waving.
I cannot believe I just met stray kids in NYC at pride while wearing a bikini top covered in glitter, I only really spoke to Felix cause he was in the front and speaks English but everyone else smiled and waved 😭 THEY WERE ALL SO NICE @Stray_Kids #StrayKids
— Alex (@AlexDominicH) June 24, 2018
3. When they wore Pride shoes
On their way to KCON NY, one of the Stray Kids members was already showing support for the LGBTQ+ community with his fashion choices.
At the airport, Changbin wore the Nike Air VaporMax Plus BETRUE sneakers. These shoes were designed to celebrate Pride month, featuring a pink and lavender color scheme with a unique rainbow sole.
4. When Lee Know wore a safety pin earring
Lee Know owns plenty of socially and environmentally conscious fashion and accessory pieces. One of his favorites seems to be a safety pin earring, which he’s been seen wearing several times.
He showed it off alongside his wildlife conservation earrings, implying that he probably knows the safety pin’s hidden social meaning. For the past several years, those in the know have worn safety pins to show that they’re allies of marginalized communities, including the LGBTQ+.
[스키지기] 오늘 귀에 무엇을 달아볼까요? pic.twitter.com/XMSWkW1Hbt
— Stray Kids (@Stray_Kids) August 30, 2019
5. When Felix gave his ideal type for boys and girls
Usually, when idols are asked about their ideal type, they immediately gravitate towards the opposite gender. But when one stay asked Felix his ideal type at a fansign, he had a surprising response: “Boy or girl?”
translation of my convo w/ felix about his ideal type
🌸: what is your ideal type?
☀️: ah, boy or girl?
🌸: either is fine!
☀️: for boy, changbin hyung! he’s dark, strong, muscular!
🌸: what about girl?
☀️: i like stays just the way they are! #straykids
— everlasting. (@stayxskz) July 5, 2019
He went on to say that is his ideal type for men is someone dark, strong, and muscular like Changbin. For women, he likes female Stays just as they are.