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The South Korean government has come under fire for failing to protect the country’s young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from widespread discrimination.
According to victims, teachers, mental health service providers, and international human rights and legal experts, South Korean LGBT members are ostracized and bullied in schools, subjected to online abuse, and in some cases physical harassment.
A new report by Human Rights Watch marks the latest international criticism of government authorities President Moon Jae-inA former human rights lawyer who disputes what American groups call “general” discrimination against the LGBT community and women, races, and ethnic minorities.
Ryan Thoreson, an LGBT researcher at HRW, urged Seoul to implement anti-discrimination laws.
“Without clear protection measures, many students will suffer silently at the expense of education and well-being,” Torresen said. He also warned that schools and mental health services are not prepared to deal with the abuse of young LGBT people.
Legislators in Seoul have been debating a new anti-discrimination law, which includes prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
But over the years, these laws have been strongly opposed by conservative groups, many of which have close ties with the country’s evangelical Christian groups. Conservative politicians also tried to remove sexual orientation from the scope of the country’s human rights commission.
Human Rights Watch not only noticed the government’s inaction, but also pointed out what they called policies that promote prejudice, such as state-sponsored mental health programs that discourage students from becoming LGBT.
Before the report was released, South Korea’s Ministry of Gender Equality and the Human Rights Commission did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
DDing Dong, the country’s main helpline for LGBT youth, reported that due to the prevalence of mental health and suicide problems, the demand for its services has increased sharply.
Lee Young-eun, a woman in her early 20s*, was rejected by her closest friends when she came out in the last year of school. A teacher suggested that Li, as long as there is enough prayer, her sexual orientation can be reversed.
She said the government has “a long way to go” and that new laws are needed to provide equality for LGBT partnerships.
She said it was difficult for Li and her partner to receive a United Bank loan. When she was recently admitted to the hospital for emergency care, her partner was not allowed to visit because she was not eligible to be a legal spouse or guardian.
The release of the 193-page report may be strongly opposed by some corners of South Korean social media, religious groups, and conservative politicians and critics.
In May of last year, LGBT members criticized Coronavirus Outbreak Regarding people gathering in Seoul nightclubs, it is said that they are very popular in the community.
Researchers attribute the widespread discrimination in Korean society to evangelical Christian groups that have important influence in local politics, as well as traditional family models and values with deep-rooted gender roles.
Lee added that Korean popular TV series and K-pop culture may have problems portraying the LGBT community with stereotypes such as short-haired women.
“Actually, we are just ordinary people like everyone else. I’m an ordinary office worker with a very ordinary haircut,” she said, adding a message for young LGBT Koreans: “Don’t be discouraged… Live yourself. life.”
*Li Yingen To protect her identity, her name has been changed.
Supplementary report by Song Jeongah in Seoul