Queer News: MoJ says no to the Rainbow Foundation, EBS’ My Daughter is Transgender, and More

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A blow for human rights with the decision of the Ministry of Justice to not allow the Beyond the Rainbow Foundation to be established as a legal entity in late April. The official reasoning (bullshit?) is as follows:

The Ministry of Justice administers legal establishment to groups that aim to establish, monitor, or modify policies related to human rights of the country and related human rights groups. This organization has the purpose to promote the rights of social minorities different than the type of organization which the Ministry of Justice can administer legal status to and so was not given permission to become a legal entity. 

Beyond the Rainbow Foundation will appeal this decision.

A blow for human rights with the decision of the Ministry of Justice to not allow the Beyond the Rainbow Foundation to be established as a legal entity in late April. The official reasoning (bullshit?) is as follows:

The Ministry of Justice administers legal establishment to groups that aim to establish, monitor, or modify policies related to human rights of the country and related human rights groups. This organization has the purpose to promote the rights of social minorities different than the type of organization which the Ministry of Justice can administer legal status to and so was not given permission to become a legal entity. 

Beyond the Rainbow Foundation will appeal this decision.

The Human Rights Watch has asked for Korea to amend sex education guidelines by the Ministry of Education that fail to include sexual minorities or homosexuality, outlining the potential harms this exclusion would bring to society.

Members of the KTU Union Protesting the Ministry of Education’s Decision
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A court ruled that the online harassment of a Mr. Lee by protestant groups including the Esther Prayer Movement and the Coalition for Moral Sexuality, which included posting pictures of Mr. Lee along with statements such as ‘isn’t it attempted murder to hide the fact that you have AIDS’, were incidents of defamation.

EBS produced a program related to transgender issues on the 28th of April titled My Daughter is Transgender. The father is really reluctant to accept his daughter, and the intense dramatization typical to Korean television makes it not very pleasant to watch. The whole video is available at Daily Motion.

Director Kim Jho Gwang Su, who has been bringing attention to these harms for some time now, has decided to take legal measures against homophobia with his husband Kim Seung-hwan, saying homophobic groups are impeding on LGBT rights.

Director Kim also had a lecture titled ‘Being Happy as a Sexual Minority’ in Gwangju as the third part of a lecture series. Protestant groups protested the lecture, emphasizing that they worried about infections of AIDS increasing and sexual identity confusion in teenagers. Fortunately, the lecture was held as planned.

In pop culture, Kim Dong-wan, a solo-artist who was once a member of K-pop group Shinhwa and recently on I Live Alone, has talked about being mistaken for gay once by the media who mistakenly described his friendship with a younger friend, emphasizing that he is not gay.

The drama Blue Bird Nest included a segment in episode 22 where mother Chung Su-kyung (played by actress Lee Hye-sook) believes her son (played by Lee Sang-yeob) is in a gay relationship. Unfortunately, it is just another misunderstanding. You can check out the hilariously dramatic clip over at youtube.

More gay mishaps took place in Let’s Eat 2, with Dae-yeong and Sang-u mistaken as a gay couple by Ye-rim. Apparently, they have been pushing these lines a bit with a recent scene where Dae-yeong and Hang-mun are chatting in a cafe in a way that amusingly looks like a gay couple to other cafe patrons. Oh, the humor of two men acting in a romantic way .



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