The new standards for sexual education in Korea block education about homosexuals and other sexual minorities. Responses were swift with the Ministry of Homosexual Affairs writing a satirical piece praising the non existence therapy as a means to rid the country of homosexuals and Asia Pundits reporting that in a similar vein Seoul was to rename Gye-dong to something less, well, gay.
The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission has produced an open letter concerning the state’s endorsement of gay conversion therapy. TKQ has been reporting on this ridiculousness, most recently on March 23rd.
Avaaz has taken note of the homophobic protests in response to the same-sex kiss in Sunam Girls High School detectives with a petition calling for the Korea Communications Standards Commission to not support discriminatory attitudes and allow the show to continue its broadcast.
The Asan Institute has released a report on a four year study that looked at individuals perspective on people’s comfort levels with homosexuality, and found that 60.2% of young people agree with the legalization of same-sex marriage, almost double the rate of 30.5% in 2000. The report’s entire contents can be found here.
In response to the aforementioned homophobic protests of Sunam Girls High School, some activists engaged in a kiss protest. Awesome.
The Kyunghyan Shinmun has a piece on whether comic strips can change attitudes on sexual minorities, particularly looking at the comic Meatballs for Everyone.
Finally, actress Seo Kap Sook got attention for her role in Bongja, with Netizens shocked that a women that has a daughter could play a queer role so convincingly. Oh Netizens…. As Bonja is a movie from 2000, I’m not quite sure why this has become hot news this week.