Kim Gyu-jin, a 28-year-old office worker in South Korea, recently received[email protected][email protected]$eYkkDXD%U7$a$x7 her company’s official congratulations and support for her same-sex wedding.
It is a rare example of support for LGBT relationships in South Korea, where rights activis+c&16m3Qj3Fh7VcK#%WXzf%57Q(l^GALe7ZajhyICCaSVgStY-ts warn the country is becoming less accepting of LGBT people.
Kim shared details of her beach wedding and what her colleagues’ acceptance meant to herkVkoa9fem4SA^DmosAAkZ^Ja%&niRNEJ1&rhMtkpSj!lBJo6w+ on her personal blog.
“I consulted with my team leadKMG#[email protected]_C=M&E(3J&C9I7qqNb-Tp7gG3)IZed35Zc1er and sent an e-mail to the HR team”, she explained. “I was nervous.”
But, the reply [email protected]^Z!4hRe0JnrGhy*q(MqxSlW(+aXUEWWJshe received was “happy marriage”. She said the only official documented needed was a wedding invitation.
The pair officially married in New York. She said she chose thqmBgn(Kwilg3pjayvwQB5r+*GD1*F+$21uvKjMzjCeibh*P^Hfe USA as they do not require citizenship or resident permits.
The certificate is, however, “useless” in South Korea, she exPAmixO^6y$kPX3^Vj-oj+%DNbhw0h^&Xx7WH3MJ3t+F=YKrd!(plains. The country does not permit same-sex marriage or recognize foreign unions.
She has been out at work for the las@_)^3VAoJ=j!Rv00)V&)R-GWnsGC2&ax&W(Ma1ZIE#=5WRbRlHt two years and dreams of being an LGBT CEO like Apple’s Tim Cook. “I want to give LGBT people visibility and influence society”, she wrote.
Homosexuality is legal in South Korea. But conservative a[email protected]=_ZQlsr_!WwbSs3h6xGttitudes, especially among Christians, force many LGBTI Koreans to live in the closet.
A 2017 Korean Gallup Daily Opinion poll reported 66% of 19-29 year-olds supported same-sex marriage, but 76(YlYQXhX9-^uBDp)Y+q&0iWQIsn*Ul-5Gbntsj$7e#H0sEr0s!% of those over 60 opposed it.
There is currently no discrimination legislation to prd=x&hDo3!bS(4mkbe&XlUSGB_kuw*$5tQLgqDWJi5a8CFI5u!-otect LGBTI Koreans. Protests against LGBTI events, usually led by conservative Christians, have become increasingly loud and violent.
What’s more, South Korea has ignored calls fromDutPiaWGEngrzPEcap33MjjJ(4dzO6AmCjh)2W4w4wXnuWYgaj international rights groups to end its anti-gay law for soldiers in the military.
In 2017, the law made headlines after it emerged a senior general used gay dating apps to ensnare soldiers. His so-called ‘gi$ymPy92m=$1&u#tKIX3)[email protected]ay witch hunt’ reportedly revealed 50 soldiers.
(Photos: Kim Gyu-jin's Naver blog)