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The BTS ARMY Celebrates Pride Month

June is Pride Month, a time where members of the LGBTQ+ community get to celebrate who they are, whilst also uniting to protest against discrimination on the basis of gender and sexual orientation.

One of the most diverse and supportive fandoms, the BTS ARMY, has a large LGBTQ+ community as part of the purple sea family, and for Pride Month, LGBTQ+ ARMYs celebrated, encouraged and supported each other, with the additional support of allies.

#LGBTQARMYSelcaDay was the tag used by ARMYs of different sexual orientations and gender identities who thanked BTS for providing positive, uplifting messages in their music.

The tag overall indicated the beautiful diversity of ARMY and that regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and ethnicity, ARMYs around the world are united in their love for BTS.

Jose, a well-known ARMY and YouTuber, posted a cute, endearing photo of himself and his partner, and emphasized how BTS has played a role in uniting them and empowering their love.

ARMYs such as @irregularorbit on Twitter were extremely creative with their post and compared their LGBTQ+ Pride flag to the rainbow-colored outfits that BTS has previously worn.

Ken, a proud ARMY and member of the LGBTQ+ community, posted photos of ARMYs who signed LGBTQ+ pride flags and highlighted the fact that members of the LGBTQ+ community love and support BTS dearly.

Janko expressed their pride and love for BTS by using lyrics from BTS’s song “IDOL”! The song, like many of BTS’s discography, emphasises the importance of being unapologetically yourself.

Ty expressed his love for himself and BTS, who helped empower him. He and Namjoon, whose stage name is RM, are both depicted in the tweet with cute selcas.

Eris used the tag as an important moment for her to come out and express herself as a proud, bisexual individual. She included a cute selca with her and Namjoon, and in addition, used a photo of a BTS concert. Rainbows galore!

Lucy used the tag by taking a selca and a photo from a BTS concert and expressed that lesbians love Jungkook! She and many people involved in the #LGBTQARMYSelcaDay indicated that LGBTQ+ ARMYs have so much love for the BTS members.

Mischa used cute selcas of Yoongi and herself, and stated “Gay Rights”!

User @PJinxox used a selca of herself and a photo of a BTS concert with a beautiful caption expressing how BTS has helped in determining her identity, who she is and being okay with it.

There were amazing, encouraging and inspiring messages of hope, support, and love under the #LGBTQARMYSelcaDay tag. It’s clear that ARMY is a large family full of vibrancy and compassion that remains undisturbed. BTS has truly created a special connection with people, and this connection continues to motivate and uplift people around the world.

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Written by Luke Waltham

Luke Waltham is a writer, activist and fanboy. He is a former writer for Huffington Post and currently writes for CelebMix and The Mighty. He is the Chairperson of the United Nations Association of South Africa at SU. Luke is a proud fanboy.