Kim Jho Gwang Su

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. 

Translation: What is Family?

The following is a translation of a Huffington Post Korea article by Director Kim Jho Gwang su written last week about his efforts to obtain legal recognition of his marriage to Kim Seung-hwan. The original can be found here


Queer News: Director Kim Jho Gwang Su's fair wedding, more rabble rousing by homophobic groups, and Treechada Petcharat is Thailand's Kim Tae-hee?


The documentary concerning Director Kim Jho Gwang Su's marriage to partner Kim Seung hwan, My Fair Wedding, is scheduled to open on the 4th of June. I will make sure to post any of the details as soon as they are available.  For now, enjoy the trailer:

Queer News: MoJ says no to the Rainbow Foundation, EBS' My Daughter is Transgender, and More

A blow for human rights with the decision of the Ministry of Justice to not allow the Beyond the Rainbow Foundation to be established as a legal entity in late April. The official reasoning (bullshit?) is as follows:

The Ministry of Justice administers legal establishment to groups that aim to establish, monitor, or modify policies related to human rights of the country and related human rights groups. This organization has the purpose to promote the rights of social minorities different than the type of organization which the Ministry of Justice can administer legal status to and so was not given permission to become a legal entity. 

Beyond the Rainbow Foundation will appeal this decision.

Links from the Week: No Queer Parade in Seoul Plaza, Human Rights Commission sponsors Jesus healing homosexuals, and more

PD Notebook: "Gay, Lesbian, Hello Everybody?"

On Tuesday night, PD Notebook focused on the life of sexual minorities in Korea in a very human light. The episode can be torrented, but I haven't seen anything with English subtitles yet.



Translation: 게이와 레즈비언이 결혼한 이유는? Why Would A Lesbian Marry a Gay Man?

From yesterday's links, this was the only article that I felt I could translate in a reasonable amount of time. A review on Two Weddings and a Funeral from Money Today is honestly more of a lineup than a critical review of the musical. I guess I'll have to see it and let readers know how it is ^^ 
"Among all people, when I see you my  heart trembles.

Queer Links from the Week: LGBT Anti-Discrimination Law, Transgender Prostitution in Namsan, and More

Two Weddings and a Funeral: The Musical

Kim Jho Gwang-su's Two Weddings and a Funeral will be re-imagined as a musical starting today at the Daemyung Culture Festival in Daehangno. 

Translation: 배우 차수연, “레즈비언 역할 위해 실제 동성애자 만나”: Actress Cha Soo-yeon, "For a lesbian role I met sexual minorities in real life"

From TV Report: (TKQ: I know that these reports from trashy television websites can be a bit meh, but I think that it is god to know how homosexuality is being portrayed in the entertainment industry)


[TV리포트=황지영 기자] 배우 차수연이 연극 ‘두 번의 결혼식과 한 번의 장례식’에서 레즈비언 효진 역을 연기하기 위해 실제 동성애자를 만났다고 전했다.

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