Translation: Homosexuality is even prying into teenager's lives

This news report from TV Chosun on homosexuality and young adults in South Korea is alarmist and sure to make your blood boil. Luckily, it's not on one of the major networks, but it is feeding misinformation into viewers who already probably have negative views of homosexuality. I tried to replicate the ridiculousness of the style in which the news report was presented, but check out the original for the video.  

Translation: Cheering on Korea's LGBT Population- Flash Flood's Acceptance Speech

This recent article in Huffington Post Korea caught my eye. It is just a quick piece on singer Flash Flood Darlings who recently came out as homosexual in a very public space. 

Flash Flood Darlings is a singer who debuted in 2014 with Plugged - At Neo's. On the 29th of February in the 13th Korean Music Awards he received the top award Dance and Electronic Award. On this day, he received the award for his song which he presented in March of 2015: Star (별). According to a NewsN report, he explained the context for his song.

Special Envoy for LGBT Human Rights Randy Berry visits Korea

This is a translation of an article from the Huffington Post Korea
Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Ra

Marmot’s Hole Podcast: North Korean Rocket

Robert Koehler and Chance Dorland discuss North Korea’s rocket launch & other recent stories.
 The duo also discuss the recent resignation of the president of Arirang TV, the English translation of praised Korean novel “The Vegetarian” and the recent security failures and other problems that have plagued Incheon International Airport.

One fifth of LGBT youth attempt suicide in Korea

A brief summary of an article over at Women News:

A result from a survey has shown that discrimination against sexual minorities in school and the workforce has reached a serious level. One of out five sexual minorities who suffer from discrimination and harassment have attempted suicide. In the hiring process or at the work force, 44.8% of sexual minorities reported facing discrimination, exclusion, or sexual harassment. 

Naver Comments related to CNN's The Problem with Being Gay in South Korea

CNN just released an article on being gay in South Korea, which has also been posted on Naver news in Korean.

The story focuses on Micky Kim, a gay Korean who has hidden his identity for years in South Korea, who says that attitudes in SK cause homosexuality to be treated like a foreign issue. The article then looks at a Pew Research study, that shows an increase in acceptance of being gay, but still relatively low levels compared to other developed countries. The article finishes with mentioning the fierce opposition to the pride parade in June.

Chu Seong-hoon thought Hwang Kwanghee was gay because he used banmal

Idol news for today. In all honesty, I am sick of all of the number of articles that talk about how so-and-so was mistaken in thinking so-and-so was gay. The quality of these K-pop articles rivals TMZ in their idiocy. I'm not sure why this news story re-surfaced, but it was originally minor news back in 2012. 

Chu Seong-hoon's logic was a bit interesting here: how speaking to someone in banmal, a lower speech form in Korean, can make others infer that you are gay. It is the first I heard this, but maybe it can come off as flirtatious. Then again, everything Hwang Kwanghee does comes off as a bit, well gay.

I also think Kwanghee sounds like an idiot by deciding not to use banmal because he worried that it would make it to difficult for someone speaking a foreign language to understand. 

Translation: A domino effect leading to the legalization of bigamy and incest?

Another slow week in gay news in Korea. Unfortunately, the most interesting article that seemed worthy of translation was another Kukmin Ilbo piece full of faulty logic and false truths. I guess it is important to know the position of the bigots? Sorry loyal readers, but imagine how much more painful it was for me as the translator.

If same-sex marriage is legalized, it does not simply end at legal recognition of same sex couples. Not only will familial relations be thrown into chaos, but it will also usher in the collapse of the last barrier protecting the family by allowing bigamy and incest. There is also the problem of public health with the spread of AIDS. 

Andrew Goes to Korea: The Gay Christian Debate

Andrew Cheng wrote a summary of the July 25th debate between Pastors Paul Warren and Daniel Payne on whether or not the bible condemns homosexuality. An excerpt of his post is below:

Translation: 'Let's protect and support homosexuals'... Daejeon City's Ordinance Ammendment Causes Ripples

Today's translation is from an article over at the Kukmin Ilbo.  The political leanings of the religious paper can be seen clearly, which, along with the contents, can deepen our understanding on how rights for sexual minorities in Korea are both established and attacked. 

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