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I have lived in South Korea for 3 years, I have loved every moment of my time.. so far!

I think this is a very Gay friendly country behind the scenes .

Legally the system is dated and the role of the Church dominates.

Change is needed and it is needed quickly because the world we live in HAS CHANGED and the Koreans need to get with the times..

Please sign my petition http://chn.ge/15MLc7k

As a Gay guy, I am concerned about the shame that society places on homosexuality. In Korea you have the proud Gay and the closet... who often gets married to a woman, under a joke of a situtation bogged down with contracts or a guy who will leave the country or take their own life.. the latter is my biggest concern... as it the situtation of parents throwing their kids out..

Please help SEOUL to wake up!

I find it ironic that Adjushis (old men) are allowed to rape freely in Saunas without problem or to feel men or women up and down in public without issue. I was on a Metro when an Old man touched my backside and then penis, I shouted at him, not one person did anything and the Korean Police simply took notes and said it happened an awful lot but because it is a Gay issue, it doesn't matter.

This country is awesome but THERE are problems.

Gays in the Army are asked hundreds of question to prove Gayness.

AKA WAKE UP and issue EQUAL RIGHTS
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Q (user currently living in KOREA, REPUBLIC OF) posted for readers on 12/05/2013
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Hi, I'm Korean, and I'm a high school student.
I want to work for LGBT someday.
I don't categorize myself as something.
I mean, I don't feel myself is a boy, nor a girl.
Also, I'm attracted to anybody whether they are.
Though they are gay, lesbian, TG, whatever, I think I can love all of them if I like them.
Is there any person same like me?

In Korea(South), there's some people who want to support LGBTs, but only few of them does.
At my school, ethics teacher said homosexual is not a disease, but a sin. He said it can be cured and explained it by exampling drug addiction...
In korea, A gay man in the army killed himself because of other soldier's violence.
In korea, the town goverment rejected a banner which was about LGBT's right.
In korea, former president said that homosexuality is a disease.

And this is my first writing in here. I wish my English is better so I can explain all the things happening in here.
I'll right again soon.
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Today, gay people in France can get married in law. On the other hand, gay people in South Korea can't even make boyfriends in the army due to having just passed the gay-ban law Today! What an ironic country I'm living in. What a worse thing is that the prohibition law on gay discrimination has been cancelled by left party yielded under pressure of Korean christians and homophobic people. Please, help my homophobic country. ps. sorry for my English grammar in advance.
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Steve (user currently living in KOREA, REPUBLIC OF) posted for straight readers on 15/04/2013 tagged with laws and leadership +5
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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/culture/2013/04/135_133912.html

This story is terrible and bringing international attention to this issue in Korea will help minorities here
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Imanol (user currently living in KOREA, REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay readers on 24/10/2012 tagged with tourism, human rights
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Hi everyone! I am a gay person from Mexico, living in Korea because of an exchange student program and I am very interested on meeting gay korean people to socialize and also, to make a contact with an LGBTI mexican organization one of my friend is leading so we can share experiences and support. I would be very glad if you guys can stay in contact with me, I'm so interested on it.

My e-mail is: imanoliiito@hotmail.com

Hope we can stay in contact. Greetings :)
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Na young (user currently living in KOREA, REPUBLIC OF) posted for gay lesbian transgender bisexual intersex straight readers on 12/12/2011
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Keep the LGBT Inclusive Draft of "Seoul Student Rights Ordinance"

http://www.change.org/petitions/keep-the-lgbt-inclusive-draft-of-seoul-student-rights-ordinance

Why This Is Important

Urgent Call for Solidarity 
From LGBT Activists of Seoul, Republic of Korea

[PETITION NEEDED BEFORE 15TH DEC 12:00 PM (NOON) Seoul Time (GMT+9)]

Clauses Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and 
Gender Identity are in Danger of Deletion from the Original Draft of the “Seoul Student 
Rights Ordinance”

Dear LGBT people and allies around the world,

Only a few days are left to make it happen. On December 16th, the Education 
Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council will be reviewing the original draft of the “Seoul Student 
Rights Ordinance” established by the Residents Initiative Movement (a draft willingly signed by 97,702 citizens of 
Seoul in a rare act of direct democracy) and making a decision as to whether they should pass the 
bill into ordinance with or without its current clauses prohibiting 
discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

The 
decision that will be made by the Education Committee is crucial 
because debate on the ordinance at the following Plenary Session of the 
Seoul Metropolitan Council will more likely than not be affected by it. 
There will be a much lesser chance for the clauses being passed then if they are 
eliminated during the earlier decision on the 16th.

We need your help in convincing the Education Committee of the necessity and importance in keeping the clauses in the final version 
of the ordinance. Your support for the original draft can prevent the "Seoul Student 
Rights Ordinance" from becoming another discriminatory 
document against the LGBT students of Seoul. Your solidarity with our 
fight can prevent many LGBT students in our city from being beaten, 
bullied, taken into correction therapy, or punished based on their sexual 
orientation and gender identity. Your actions can help the LGBT students of Seoul obtain 
proper protection and enjoy their basic rights at their schools.

The biggest obstacle in passing the LGBT rights-inclusive original draft is 
the massive homophobic and transphobic pressure coming from 
conservative right-wing Christian and parental groups, who have been a substantial threat to the committee members and may cause them to drop the ball during their decision making process.

The clauses 
prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender 
identity have already been excluded once from the draft of the Advisory Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE). Although it was just barely restored into the final SMOE version, this draft ultimately did not make it to the discussion table of the Education Committee of Seoul Metropolitan Council because of strong backlash from the biased groups of fundamental Christians and certain parents.

So for now, our last hope is to keep the original draft of the Residents Initiative Movement. We, however, are again facing a similar situation of losing these uncompromisable 
clauses. Not only do we stand to lose the clauses prohibiting discrimination based on 
sexual orientation and gender identity, but the clauses 
guaranteeing the freedom of reproduction, religion and assembly have also come under attack. Without these clauses, the "Seoul Student 
Rights Ordinance" will become an ordinance not for the rights of but for 
the discrimination against students in Seoul.

As one of the countries which voted in favor of the resolution “17/19 
Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” adopted by the 
United Nations Human Rights Council on June 2011, the Republic of Korea 
has an obligation to undertake full responsibility for securing the rights of its LGBT people. As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, the Republic of Korea is also committed in the eyes of the international community towards inclusive and 
comprehensive human rights. And it is an undeniable fact that LGBT rights are human rights.

No exception is acceptable from the Seoul 
Metropolitan Council. As representatives of ALL the citizens of Seoul, the 
elected members of the council must not ignore the 
voices of the people from marginalized populations. 

Please stand up and speak out with us Korean LGBT activists and pressure the Education Committee and the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council to pass the original draft of the "Seoul Student Rights 
Ordinance," which includes clauses prohibiting discrimination 
based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Please tell them to 
keep the current draft of the ordinance including every clause which clearly illustrates the type of discrimination that should be prohibited.

Thank you!

LGBT Coalition for Seoul Student Rights Ordinance



* Contacts *

Webpage: http://blog.lgbtact.org/tc/ (In Korean)

Email: lgbtstu@gmail.com (Reply in English is available)

Twitter: @lgbtstu (In Korean)

[Letter to the Members of the Education Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan Council]

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

[Education 
Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council]

Kim, Sang Hyun
Chairperson, the Education 
Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council
ksanghyun714@hanmail.net

Kwak, Jae Woong
Vice-chairperson, the Education 
Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council
kwak7700@chol.com

Jeong, Moon Jin
Vice-chairperson, the Education 
Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council
jeongmj1020@hanmail.net

[Members of Education 
Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council]

Kim, Myung Sin : askseoul@gmail.com
Kim, Joung Wook : gurokjw@gmail.com
Seo, Yoon Ki : gwanakgu@paran.com
Yoon, Myung Hwa : eduneco@naver.com
Kim, Duk Young : dy-326@hanmail.net
Kim, Young Soo : ysk3533@hanmail.net
Kim, Hyung Tae : riulkht@hanmail.net
Jeong, Sang Cheon : jsc1000@paran.com
Choi, Myung Bok : mbchoi2@naver.com
Choi, Bo Sun : bosun600@hanmail.net
Choi, Hong Yi : khomeini@chol.com
Han, Hak Soo : paul-hshan@hanmail.net

[Seoul Metropolitan 
Council]

Heo, Kwang Tae
Chairperson, the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council
hkt55@hanmail.net

Yang, Joon Wook
Vice-chairperson, the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council
yju1@hanmail.net

Jin, Doo Saeng
Vice-chairperson, the Seoul Metropolitan 
Council
jds5112@hanmail.net

Dear Members of the Education Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan Council,

I signed the petition to support the original draft of the “Seoul Student Rights Ordinance” established by the Residents Initiative Movement (a draft willingly signed by 97,702 citizens of Seoul in a rare act of direct democracy).

I strongly ask you to keep the clauses prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the final version of the ordinance. Please do not surrender to the pressure from conservative right-wing Christian and parental groups. Please stand with the LGBT students of Seoul who deserve to enjoy their basic rights to the full.

Please remember that by passing the LGBT rights-inclusive original draft into the ordinance you can prevent the "Seoul Student Rights Ordinance" from becoming another discriminatory document against the LGBT students of Seoul. Remember that you can prevent many LGBT students in Seoul from being beaten, bullied, taken into correction therapy, or punished based on their sexual orientation and gender identity.

Your courage to pass the bill in its original form can help the LGBT students of Seoul obtain proper protection and enjoy their basic rights at their schools.

As one of the countries which voted in favor of the resolution “17/19 Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 2011, the Republic of Korea has an obligation to undertake full responsibility for securing the rights of its LGBT people. As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, the Republic of Korea is also committed in the eyes of the international community towards inclusive and comprehensive human rights. And it is an undeniable fact that LGBT rights are human rights.

No exception is acceptable from the Seoul Metropolitan Council. As representatives of ALL the citizens of Seoul, the elected members of the council must not ignore the voices of the people from marginalized populations.

Please keep the original draft of the ordinance including every clause which clearly illustrates the type of discrimination that should be prohibited.

Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
[Your name]
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anonymous (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for readers on 25/02/2010 tagged with health
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Got an information to tell u
There's a new voice surgery technology in KOrea.
They don't cut ur neck open but with endoscope, they operate the surgery.

ur male voice can be changed to female voice without having to cut ur neck.

for more info
E-mail me. yinzhen2000@naver.com
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anonymous (user currently living in KOREA, REPUBLIC OF) posted for transgender readers on 25/02/2010 tagged with health +0
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I have a good information on the voice surgery.
It's different from those surgeries where they cut your neck open and even the result is not that satisfactory.
They do the surgery with endoscope.. so you don't have to worry about cutting your neck open.

I have videos of actual patients.. if u want I can show u

yinzhen2000@naver.com
send me E-mail if u want
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anonymous (user currently living in KOREA, REPUBLIC OF) posted for transgender readers on 25/02/2010 tagged with health +0
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For those who are interested in voice change..

There's a new surgery procedure that they don't cut ur neck open..
just with the endoscope.. they operate the surgery.
Without cutting your neck open, you can have a female voice..

If you are interested.. or wanna know more information
contact me any time..
yinzhen2000@naver.com

I can also show you the actual patients' videos..
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Anonymous (user currently living in KOREA, REPUBLIC OF) posted for transgender readers on 25/02/2010 tagged with health +5
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I am writing this to tell you some info on voice surgery .
you can change your male voice to female voice without having to cut your neck open .

They operate surgery with endoscope, so no need to cut your neck open. I can send you the video of the patients who had the surgery...

If you are interested or wanna ask questions on this...

send me E-mail. yinzhen2000@naver.com
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