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2018 Seoul Queer Culture Festival

Despite the 33-degree celsius weather, boisterous counter-protests by Evangelical Christians and a petition to the government with nearly 220,000 signatures against the event, South Korea’s persecuted LGBT community came together today in downtown Seoul to celebrate diversity. Some foreign embassies sent staff to show support for LGBT

Chris P
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KÉ Interview: Growing up Gay and Korean

On Saturday, Jul. 14, the 19th Seoul Queer Parade will take place, drawing thousands of people from South Korea’s vibrant queer community, as well as supporters and opponents of LGBT rights. Just before last year’s event, Korea Exposé contributor Chris P sat down with Choi Han-min (not

Raphael Rashid
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"Gay Blacklist": Retired Officer Acquitted for Having Gay Sex in Army

A former South Korean soldier, accused of having sexual intercourse with another soldier, has been found not guilty by a civilian court in Seoul. “Lieutenant B” was an active army officer when he fell victim to the South Korean army’s systematic “gay blacklist,” according to the Military Human Rights

Raphael Rashid
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KÉ Interview: That Famous Same-Sex Wedding, Four Years Later

While homosexuality is not outlawed per se in South Korea, LGBT rights is still a sensitive topic in a country where, in certain contexts, being gay can even lead to criminal prosecution. In 2013, Dave Kim (Kim Seung-hwan), a producer at LGBT film production and distribution company Rainbow Factory, wed

Raphael Rashid
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K-pop Trainee Calls Transgender People "Not Women"

The online spat in South Korea began when transgender former pop princess Harisu confronted K-pop trainee Han Seo-hee over comments the latter had made; namely, that transgender women were not ‘real women.’ Han is a self-proclaimed feminist and trainee made infamous for having smoked marijuana with Big Bang band member

Seohoi Stephanie Park
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Jungle: A Drag Queen and Man

“Have you heard of Junglé?” Alex, a young French director, asked me with excitement. On Jun. 16, I met up with Team Ohioh, a Seoul-based French-Korean video production team at their office in Seoul. The only thing I had been told in prior to this rendezvous was that we would

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ké cast S1 E1: Anal Sex Taboo

What is the anal sex taboo in South Korea? Host Bruce Harrison and Korea Exposé CEO and co-founder Se-Woong Koo talk about homophobia in South Korea.  Listen to this episode on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, etc or download the audio on AudioBoom.  Some conservative groups here fear

Haeryun Kang
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KÉ Interview: Singing Against Homophobia

In the middle of Unnie Choir’s last number, Enan Ahn started to cry. She was one of the fifteen women singing “Into the New World,” a 2007 single by K-pop group Girls’ Generation. The lyrics were admittedly corny — “there’s no use in waiting for a miracle, it’

Ben Jackson
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Military Prosecutors Seek Jail Sentence for Gay Soldier

South Korea’s military prosecutors are seeking a two-year prison sentence for “Lieutenant A,” a soldier accused of having anal intercourse with a colleague. A military court is due to pass sentence on May 24. Lieutenant A is thought to have been caught as part of the army’

Se-Woong Koo
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Find the Missing Gay Emoticons on Samsung's Galaxy S8

After the debacle of Samsung Electronics’ combusting Galaxy Note 7, the company’s latest phone — Galaxy S8 — appears to have been launched successfully. Despite reports of minor technical defects, the reviews of the product have been positive, and pre-order sales of the S8 and S8+ have been Samsung’

Seohoi Stephanie Park
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"You Didn't Even Have Oral Sex?": S Korean Military's Gay Witch-hunt in Depth

“You didn’t even have oral sex?” “I didn’t even get to see his thing.” In an audio recording, a senior military officer grills a young soldier with questions about his “gay friends.” The officer says: “We have all the information about you and your relationship with YYY on

Seohoi Stephanie Park
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Allegation of "Gay Blacklist" Surfaces In S Korean Army

The South Korean military is currently accused of systematically tracking down homosexual soldiers. According to the Military Human Rights Center for Korea (MHRCK), Jang Jun-kyu, Chief of Staff for the South Korean army, had ordered a probe to track down gay men in the military (not just the army). The