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He noted that those fired due to their sexual orientation often accept another reason given by employers for their dismissal instead of shaming their families for being gay.“Keeping that reason would be a lot less socially stigmatising than having to come out as gay or lesbian,” Jay explained.
While most young people of all cultures dread telling their parents they are gay, most Koreans have the added aspect of religion to contend with when announcing their sexual orientation.
His pastor and church were also against homosexuality.“I naturally tried to contain and get rid of the urges toward boys and when I was in high school, the church started to bash homosexuality.
At this point, I felt immense guilt and was disgusted.”Park said that he has hidden his sexual orientation from his family.“In my case, if they ever found out, they would bring me to the chief pastor of the church so he can sacrifice himself and wash my sins away ,” he said.“The pastor prays for those who have sinned and the sins of the believers will supposedly be washed away at the cost of the pastor’s suffering.”Park said there are two ways Korean families try to cure their children of homosexuality.
There is also a hate group on Facebook titled ‘We hate Korea (Korea Gay)’ which has only 12 members most of which appear to have originated from Muslim majority countries. Min Seong-gil, honorary professor at Yonsei University College of Medicine in Seoul, said homosexuality is a serious threat to the public’s health.“In Korea, homosexuals account for roughly 0.1 percent of the population.
However, of 522 male AIDS patients that the health ministry identified in 2012, 45 percent of them were gay,” he said in a recent TV appearance on KTV.
When he first arrived in Korea he experienced something that rarely happens in the West.“I met a guy not knowing he was married and texted him only to get abusive texts from his wife who intercepted his messages.
LGBT activist Jay Bo has lived and worked between Korea and the U. for years.“You see a lot of situations where Korean men come out to their families and their families ask them when they are getting married [to a woman],” Jay said.
If secret agents live a double life, then gay and lesbian South Koreans would be some of the best in the world.
By weekday many members of the South Korean LGBT community are acting as straight fathers, husbands, students, and heterosexual co-workers, but in their private time they are true to themselves – a member of a homosexual minority.f secret agents live a double life, then gay and lesbian South Koreans would be some of the best in the world.
“The entire Christian community must stand up and stop homosexuality.”Juneyoung Lee is a board member of an affirming church and active member of the LGBT community.“[Pastors say] the sons and daughters coming out of the closet, that you are not doing your duty as a son or daughter because this is against Confucianistic way on which our society is woven. It was the pastor and pastor’s wife’s fault that he died.”A survey by the Korean Sexual-Minority Culture and Rights Center reveals that 76 percent of young Koreans who identify with a sexual minority have considered suicide and 58 percent have attempted suicide.
They pick and choose certain elements of our Korean society and culturally bind it by using the scripture and Confucianistic virtues and pin them on to say why they are against homosexuality.”Juneyoung recalls the death of his very close gay friend who experienced severe homophobia from his church’s pastor.“On Christmas Eve he called me and had a handful of sleeping pills. Park Joo-won says he had a boyfriend at 15 and wanted to be a good Christian.