In a 30-second commercial in 2001, the nation’s first transgender entertainer, Harisu, made her television debut a decade ago, knocking down a once impenetrable barrier for one of the most repressed minority groups in the country. It was hard to join a conversation back then without her name popping up. Everyone was talking about her. The then-26-year-old brought sexual minorities to the public’s attention. It was the first time that most Koreans had encountered a transgender, whether on television or in person.