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Korean star supporting trans student faces vile attacks

Jonghyun’s display of solidarity with a transgender student drives a conservative group to post nude photos on fan sites

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5th January 2014 07:34

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

A week ago, Jonghyun of South Korea’s leading boy band SHINee switched his Twitter profile picture to the image of a hand-written poster. The poster was written by Kang Eun Ha, a trans student studying social sciences at Sungkonghoe University, who says ‘love is more powerful than hatred’, as a protest against the discrimination the LGBTI community face.

Jonghyun’s goodwill, however, was soon met with malicious attacks from the influential right-wing online community Ilbe.

They began leaving hateful posts about his actions and even nude photos on SHINee’s communities, leading to endless feuds between Ilbe members and SHINee fans.

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