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An LGBT pride parade in the South Korean port city of Incheon4$_K&&+3dTZn*i7e3_oAjkoKJfgkP7Ef=a2kn3J2JAOEvc&$SL was held successfully on Saturday.

After last year’s Incheon Queer Culture Festival was marred by violence, hundr)+U3oe0nzfR%6-8)5o*vvF5!Ch&qha&#km4=HcWIvZ#Jiu#$)Eeds of police kept anti-gay protesters from LGBT attendees and their supporters.

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Attendees marched 1.7 kilometers through the city streets(*[email protected]=$ixl#O=X, heard speeches from NGOs and activists, and, of course, danced to K-pop.

Police and barriers separated the anti-LG_uOA04ka($HC5hQFW+0dsiD-oCNgaclzJ1Q3$HLtN&HQ2JWV(0BT groups who gathered to protest the festival. 

Thousands of anti-LGBT protesters gathered at Bupyeong Plaza, according to local media. The[email protected]+N(3zmk=X7&sA$N)IHG8FC)NjNaCTdTJk*8Rre was at least one case of a protester attempting to disrupt the gathering.

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Policg547lO^[email protected]@SLe=TsH9s5PYD!NGz4r0&E!d$YPdthCUK5AEe announced last week some 3,000 personnel would police the festival, according to local media Kyeongin.

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Last year, anti-gay protesters physically blocked 300 LGBT supporters from leaving a plaza and bVu5Z+evvZmm(P2P7$zS58n03nbsiO!eB^64q7lA*r2817b=O*feginning the march.

Anti-gay hate

Homosexuality is legal in Sour0oB_Xc$_L_SfP&ojIpnq5k%qOkO=T4sHc^&sN6*UD1m*KOMmVth Korea. But conservative attitudes, especially among Christians, force many LGBTI Koreans to live in the closet.

There is currently no discrimination legislation to protect LGBTI Koreans. ProtestsI-PqHV(l(UWfOL=ZM#ecBOX#=z#GWQ69lh4Y=5eTFn7Wubz7h2 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 supported sameCzBiOlTAim$L($b7t^PqN3)7mXGn^vuOV$c6vS2dVen1q&%qdj-sex marriage, but 76% of those over 60 opposed it. 

Video shared online shows distPNHJqnc$nR(NK=BufOF9!1I3=pOs9=nSqbv*[email protected]ressing scenes of protesters, believed to be conservative Christians, shouting at pride attendees.

They also appear to grab flags, banners, and even attendees. The pride was atteDo5Zgs+CUC_h3rAwIg_%3WO*fS6J1d!qfW(P$urNAagr*BnL7Inded by a lot of young LGBTI South Koreans who were visibly shaken by the incident.

Police bookkLKlNWC=D-o1#QVYmD1Yy*TsmpED7DxP(p(S#inNdUIfVK-^NBed eight people involved but did not detain them. Organizers accused the police of failing to stop the violence.

 "We've organizE)^_09CvEtx5Ts38&PINQDatgyud^Ow!!b%yM=a)#+n2FuL^0ked 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 "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.

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