South Korea

LGBTI Rights in South Korea


ADDED ON: 03/23/2020

These South Korean women went abroad to get married. Then one spoke out at home, and the backlash began.

Kim Kyu-jin doesn't describe herself as an activist. That's a label that tends to scare people in South Korea's conformist society. She sees herself as just a working woman who wanted to…

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ADDED ON: 01/30/2020

Amnesty International urges Korea to take action on LGBT rights

Amnesty International on Thursday expressed concerns about the rights of sexual minorities in South Korea in its yearly human rights report, calling on the government and parliament to improve the situation. In…

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ADDED ON: 01/22/2020

South Korea transgender soldier to sue over dismissal

A transgender soldier in South Korea says she will sue the army after it dismissed her for violating regulations following her sex change. Byun Hui-soo, 22, joined the army as a man…

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ADDED ON: 01/17/2020

South Korea to decide on first transgender soldier amid debate

South Korea’s military said on Thursday it will hold a meeting to discuss whether it will discharge the first soldier to have undergone gender reassignment surgery, which has sparked national debate about…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2020

Queer K-pop: chorus grows for gay rights in Asia

Wearing bright bow ties and dark dress, a group of South Korean women belt out song after song about the joy and stigma of being gay - part of a growing clamor…

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ADDED ON: 12/16/2019

Korean Air recognizes same-sex Korean couple as family

A same-sex couple of Korean nationality were recognized as family members by Korean Air’s membership rewards program, South Korea’s flag carrier said Thursday, a step hailed by sexual minorities’ rights advocates. The…

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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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