Queer Links from the Week: Protestant Church Member Faces Libel for Hate Speech, Lee Ji-hoon Visits a Transgender Bar and More

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The biggest news this week was perhaps a ruling by Seoul Southern District Court where a Netizen Who Criticized a Homosexual Reporter Was Fined 5 Million Won in Damages for libel. The Netizen was a Member of a Protestant Church who Posted an Article Relating Homosexuality and AIDS in a very stupid way. I haven’t seen anything in English about this ruling, so I’ll try to write a post later this week summarizing the case.

The biggest news this week was perhaps a ruling by Seoul Southern District Court where a Netizen Who Criticized a Homosexual Reporter Was Fined 5 Million Won in Damages for libel. The Netizen was a Member of a Protestant Church who Posted an Article Relating Homosexuality and AIDS in a very stupid way. I haven’t seen anything in English about this ruling, so I’ll try to write a post later this week summarizing the case.

In pop culture, there was an article on Lee Ji-hoon Visiting a Transgender Bar for his role in La Cages Aux Folles (which opens December 9th btw).

Tim Cook’s coming out was a pretty big deal in Korean newspapers (and hopefully my boyfriend’s parents are talking about it and how it is possible to be a successful gay man in the computer science field). The Chosun Ilbo’s article Tim Cook Coming Out: The Scientific Community’s Point of View caught my eye with one statistic saying that identical twins had about a 50% chance of having coinciding homosexuality while Christian Today’s obligatory article on homosexuality, on the other hand, focuses on Busan University Professor Kim Won-pyeong’s lecture on how Coinciding homosexuality among identical twins is only about 10%. (Korean) Another critical piece on homosexuality could be found in the Gyeong-sang Ilbo with an opinion article by the head of the Father Research Center Kim Hye-jun: Respecting Homosexuals is Different than the Legalization of Gay Marriage or Adoption (Korean). His line of argument is one of those ‘a child needs a father and a mother because they play such different roles’. Finally, Pastor Song Chun-gil is at it again speaking about how legalization of same-sex marriage will be dangerous for the church If a Same Sex Couple Asks a Pastor to Officiate Their Wedding (Korean).

Pastor Song Chun-gil


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