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U.S. Embassy in Seoul removes rainbow flag amid speculation of Washington’s disapproval

U.S. Embassy in Seoul removes rainbow flag amid speculation of Washington’s disapproval

A rainbow flag symbolizing sexual minorities has been taken down from the U.S. Embassy building in Seoul amid a news report that the State Department has adopted a new policy to reject all requests to raise such flags. The eight-by-four-meter flag was hoisted on the front wall of the U.S. mission in Gwanghwamun, central Seoul, […]

Gay rights and global culture

Gay rights and global culture

Is there really such a thing as a global culture? Consider gay rights. Last Thursday the Indian Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality. Last April a court in Trinidad and Tobago found colonial-era laws banning gay sex to be unconstitutional. And late last year, Australia became the umpteenth state to legalize same-sex marriage. There is a slow-motion […]

LGBTQ+ Identities

LGBTQ+ Identities

Inside a building in Mangwon, Seoul, I met with Kang Myeong-jin, Chief Organizer of the Seoul Queer Culture Festival. He explained to me details about the event and the current situation of the LGBT community in Korea. We talked about continuing issues and cultural taboos, touching on the long road to real and effective LGBT […]

People, stories, orientations

People, stories, orientations

In the conservative city of Daegu, South Korea, lives Matthew, an American man who works there. He shared his stories and life experiences as a foreign LGBT person based in South Korea.    Where are you from? I am from a rural area in the state of Pennsylvania in the United States of America, although […]

Istanbul Governor bans LGBTQ pride parade

Istanbul Governor bans LGBTQ pride parade

The Governor of Istanbul has banned the holding of an LGBTQ pride parade in the city for the fourth consecutive year, Efe Songün wrote for The Daily Beast. “This year’s ban was expected considering the bans on other LGBTQ activities announced under the state of emergency earlier this year in Ankara,” Songün said. “Even though the Parade has now been […]

Spectrosynthesis, the first LGBTQ exhibition in an art museum in Asia

Spectrosynthesis, the first LGBTQ exhibition in an art museum in Asia

2015 was a significant year in the world LGBT movement with a boldening of the “7-colored rainbow”. But that rainbow did not quite reach the Asian continent. Much of Asia was yet unwilling to accept rights of sexual minorities due to objections on the basis of religious and cultural values. And then came May 2017, […]

An Overview of LGBT Rights in Asia: Focus on Taiwan

An Overview of LGBT Rights in Asia: Focus on Taiwan

2015 was a significant year in the world LGBT movement with a boldening of the “7-colored rainbow”. But that rainbow did not quite reach the Asian continent. Much of Asia was yet unwilling to accept rights of sexual minorities due to objections on the basis of religious and cultural values. And then came May 2017, […]

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