South Korea

LGBTI Rights in South Korea


ADDED ON: 10/17/2019

UN Body Urges South Korea to Improve Sexuality Education

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child is urging South Korea to revamp its sexuality education curriculum to cover age-appropriate topics like pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, sexual orientation, and gender identity.…

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ADDED ON: 07/13/2019

Gay and trans soldiers say they were abused in South Korean military

After months of watching the abuse, Park felt he had to act. The South Korean soldier had seen another low-ranking conscript, deemed effeminate and suspected of being gay, being sexually abused, beaten…

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ADDED ON: 07/11/2019

Amnesty Int’l: LGBT soldiers face abuse in South Korea military

A law that criminalizes consensual sex between men in the South Korean military is leading to violence and harassment against gay and trans soldiers and should be abolished, an Amnesty International report…

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ADDED ON: 07/07/2019

South Korea lags behind Taiwan on LGBT rights

Taiwan’s recent same-sex marriage legalization may indicate a global trend towards greater LGBT tolerance, especially among developed democracies. South Korea, however, remains an outlier in this trend in spite of its vibrant…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2019

U.S. embassy in Seoul faces backlash for flying Pride flag

The American embassy in South Korea is facing backlash from the country’s conservative and Christian groups for displaying a Pride flag on its building during Pride celebrations in Seoul. Harry Harris, the…

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ADDED ON: 06/02/2019

South Korea’s pride parade marks 20 years in blaze of colour

Tens of thousands of LGBT South Koreans and their supporters paraded through central Seoul Saturday for the capital's 20th gay rights march, with ruling Democratic Party members taking part for the first…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2019

South Korea court suspends anti-LGBT penalties against ‘gay pride’ students

A South Korean court has suspended taking "disciplinary action" against a group of local graduate students who were targeted for wearing gay pride-themed attire during a church service in May 2018. Seoul…

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ADDED ON: 04/23/2019

Soldier reveals how he faced the South Korean military’s gay witch hunt

A soldier has detailed what happened to him after he was caught up in South Korea’s hunt for gay people in the military. While same-sex activity is legal in the country, the…

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ADDED ON: 03/03/2019

South Korea rights body claims it does not ‘deny’ same-sex marriage

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea on Wednesday (27 February) claimed it did not ‘deny’ the rights of a same-sex couple to marry. But, it also rejected a petition filed by…

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ADDED ON: 01/21/2019

South Korea slipping on LGBTI rights, activists warn

South Korea’s fledging LGBTI movement has triggered a conservative backlash, Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned this week. In it’s 2019 world report, HRW said leaders had done little to protect the rights of…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Russian City Cancels K-Pop Film Amid Fear of ‘Korean Homosexuals’

A theater in the Russian city of Makhachkala canceled the premiere of the music documentary BTS World Tour: Love Yourself in Seoul after a social media campaign accused BTS, a K-Pop group whose members…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2018

LGBT Rights Activists Chant ‘We are Here’ at Incheon Rally Following Standoff with Protesters

LGBT rights activists, who gathered for a pride event in Incheon on Saturday, September 8, repeatedly chanted “We are here” before the event broke up, after a day that involved a standoff…

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