Back to top

An LGBT pride parade in the South Korean port city of Incheon was held successfully ##[email protected](vmLGdqKDb+oI1&-$ftUVzY2fziGzw*on Saturday.

After last year’s Incheon Queer Culture Festival was marred by violence, hundreds of police kept anti-gay protes[email protected]*Oh$p)#ZzU+ai!4ibThUBBf%#Y&HNia6V&)^l(Duzters from LGBT attendees and their supporters.

on Twitter

Attendees march*-a(LGwxXxzz#*[email protected]#GDLm=PK$fr6XP)@@ChR5==72Hed 1.7 kilometers through the city streets, heard speeches from NGOs and activists, and, of course, danced to K-pop.

Police and barriers separated the anti-LGBT groups who gathered to protestxWa1fjA^[email protected]#M_Ck4IDcpm!a0p3aQ6SWDTPhsIm the festival. 

Thousands of anti-LGBT protesters gathered at Bupyeong Plaza, according to local media. There was at least one case of a protester attempting to disrupt the gat4i)*a3C-tpb=_EMhJm$)6&RBiaXnU_MXB&!+(p^VWZ8B^CnBK9hering.

on Twitter

Police announced last wRvmFP9=0ujvXiLlt$A8c(r1$Z=thj8G(#Kv20ZSL(#)[email protected]eek some 3,000 personnel would police the festival, according to local media Kyeongin.

on Twitter

Last year, anti-gay protesteYfhatabw7Z)8G51owErv$r%2CIc%iy(4$w=n)f6a#rsd4EM*kLrs physically blocked 300 LGBT supporters from leaving a plaza and beginning the march.

Anti-gay hate

Homosexuality is legal in South Korea. But conservative attitudqZm0SZMw63sUGEiFp(_orY%[email protected]_Y5&ferNJxOOkhJOd%es, especially among Christians, force many LGBTI Koreans to live in the closet.

There is currently no discrimination legislation to protect LGBTI KoaaTyp(5*i4w&dOc_BPl1BmIsl^IviVHIK4e#vMdU4M=(k2tMV%reans. Protests against LGBTI events, usually led by conservative Christians, have become increasingly loud and violent.

A 2017 Korean Gallup Daily Opinion poll reported 66% of 19-29 year-olds s(@&iK+vZ+t!pp61u46Kym!iw_^HP(Kv45yNLzDLye8b=!QMmnqupported same-sex marriage, but 76% of those over 60 opposed it. 

Video shared online[email protected]&rc89xt-A&D&4PZX%u8A%OL%ryP+TeLcA shows distressing scenes of protesters, believed to be conservative Christians, shouting at pride attendees.

They also appear to grab flags, banners, and even attendees. The p[email protected]*PL!lx=oO37WXL1kbl%d%[email protected]_Qplt)Cs19Nride was attended by a lot of young LGBTI South Koreans who were visibly shaken by the incident.

Police booked eight people involved but did not detain them. Organizers accused the police of faI-)oVhCr3^m##pex%%iN)EZZu6MPEobNyU(q(evl0(Ym0Ct&Sniling to stop the violence.

 "W)(Q2=*S$GVq+I8u$nBudH4O)D5sWR4OYQIeW+*#o(8RC)M$aC-e've organized teams of human rights activists and lawyers to counter any illegitimate action by LGBT hate groups," organizers said in an Aug. 19 tweet.

"Drinking Buddies" invites LGBTQ members of different sexes and gender identities as well as LGBT allies to play "Drunk Bingo X Truth or Dare" with the rules: "answer the question or take a shot of vodka." The show aims to showcase the true definition of love and the diverse relationships among the rainbow families. Love will not change simply because of one's sexual orientation or gender identity.

Watch Drinking Buddies Season 2 now on GagaOOLala.

Related Articles

Comments