Seventeen's Vernon Draws Praise From K-Pop Lovers by Embracing LGBTQ+ Community

While some things can be lost in translation, one heartfelt moment was crystal clear during K-Pop band Seventeen's sit-down interview with Build Series Monday.

Toward the end of the band's interview, a fan from the crowd asked a question centered around Seventeen's numerous LGBTQ+ fans–also known as carats due to their hit mini-album 17 Carat.

"Since a large part of your carats are from the LGBTQ+ community, I just wanted to let you know that they're very thankful for everything that you do. For making them feel loved and supported, and I just wanted to know if you have any kind words to say to them," the fan said.

While also acting as Seventeen's translator, band-member Vernon–born Hansol Vernon Chwe–said he was "so thankful" for the fans' support.

"We're just so thankful that you appreciate our music and performances," Vernon prefaced. "I hope we can make a better place together, for everybody."

Watch the full interview below (Fan question and Vernon's comments start at 26:13)

After the interview went live, K-Pop fans took to Twitter to express their joy about the the band's stance on the LGBTQ+ community.

"Anyways, Seventeen love the gays and aren't afraid to announce it. Vernon has just said something that LGBT carats will hold close to their hearts for a long time," Twitter user @xuminghao_o wrote.

"I like the way Vernon replied to question about LGBTQ+, I love how he said "I hope WE CAN make a better place together for everybody for all equal rights" because they want to take a part in fighting for everyone's rights, not only support it," another fan added.

"I am truly very happy and proud of how intently they were listening to the question and of how beautifully Vernon answered it. as a member of the LGBTQ+ community, i truly feel seen and loved by Seventeen," @SVTbios wrote.

"Seventeen helped me a lot in so many ways," one Twitter user prefaced. "One of them was my sexuality. I mean, when I started first started stanning them, I was starting to 'discover' who I was and having them always saying that they loved carats and that they were proud of us..man..."

Formed by Pledis Entertainment in 2015, Seventeen (often shortened to SVT) consists of 13 members in three sub-units: performance, vocals and hip-hop. Vernon is part of the hip-hop unit along with Mingyu, Wonwoo and S.Coups.

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Boy band SEVENTEEN performs on stage during the 8th Gaon Chart K-Pop Awards on January 23, 2019 in Seoul, South Korea. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty
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