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Thursday, 15 February 2018 01:17

LGBT South Koreans seeks recognition of their unions

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As the Olympic Winter Games have started in South Korea and LGBT athletes have distinguished themselves, the country's LGBT community is trying to be recognized.

86% is the percentage of South Korean LGBT seeking legal recognition of their union according to Jang Seo-Hyeon, an attorney with GongGam Human Rights Law Foundation.

In 2016, a landmark ruling from a Seoul court brought hope. It legalized the union of two gay men.

In 2017, everything has changed in the country. On September 2, 2017, anti-LGBT opponents organized a first rally in downtown Gwangju.

Pro-LGBT groups responded by organizing a rally in the same city in November.

But throughout 2017, many anti-LGBT protests took place in the largest cities of the country, such as Seoul, Daegu, Busan, Daejeon, and Chuncheon, to cover all South Korean regions.

The understanding of sexual orientation and gender identity is very difficult. Teachers are pushed to promote the "normal" family.

"Teachers are advised to say things like, 'A household without a father, how sad would that be?'" said Lee Shin-ae, an activist with an organization that investigates gender equality in South Korean schools.

Without real education and with these gatherings of conservatives and religious, it is difficult for our community in South Korea to gain recognition.

Nevertheless, I hope that progress in Asia will one day push the South Korean government to take steps for a better acceptance of these unions and for a better equality.

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