9:39 pm - 12/20/2012

Here's some news about the only gay men to exist in Korea


Director set to marry his boyfriend



Kim Cho Gwang-su, the director of “Two Weddings And A Funeral” and “Love, 100 Degrees,” is rumored to be planning an unofficial wedding ceremony next year.

A source from his production company told News N on Wednesday that Kim will marry his boyfriend, who is 19 years his junior, sometime next year. They have dated for eight years.

“The date hasn’t been set yet,” said the source, who singled out parents’ discord as the reason for the delayed event.

The couple revealed they were dating to their parents last year in March, and although it took some time for the family to accept the news, Kim has been playing a more active role in his boyfriend’s family events of late.

As one of the openly gay figures in the Korean entertainment industry, Kim has previously spoken out about his love life. At a press conference for his movie “Two Weddings And A Funeral” in June, the 48-year-old film director announced that “if things had gone according to plan, [he’d] be married already.” Same-sex marriage is not legally recognized in Korea.

source: Korea Joongang Daily


Hong Seok-cheon "I pity my gay self"




Hong Seok-cheon made a confession.

Hong Seok-cheon posted on his Twitter on the 9th, "Living in the Republic of Korea as a tiny population of gays could never have been tougher. Today is a hard day. Living in ridiculous misunderstanding and surveillance, I look at myself and think, 'what a sad life'. I can't even have decent loving for the reason that I 'came out'".

"I pity myself for being misunderstood and having my friends and family misunderstood because of me. I need to prove innocence. I am going to fight no matter how strong the other is. Even if it means I have to break. I am going to prove that I don't believe gays in this country should shut up and be treated like scum".

He continued, "You have no idea how frustrating it is to be treated like a criminal when I've done nothing wrong. I am yelling on behalf of the people like me. Even if it means I'll get hurt. I can't get to sleep tonight because of the thorns in my heart".

He ended with, "I hope the next leader of this country is someone who cares for the rights of the minor population. Just like the president of the United States, Obama. I am doing all I can as a Korean but I don't have the rights to live as happily as I want to so here's my complaint".

Netizen's who've read his Twitter commented, "What happened?", "Cheer up", "It sounds bad but don't care about those around you" and more.

source: hancinema & newsen
chocojelly 21st-Dec-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
... He's 48, his boyfriend is 19 years his junior, and they've been dating for 8 years...
pikapika217 21st-Dec-2012 02:58 am (UTC)


could they have possibly meant 8 months?!
prismboy 21st-Dec-2012 03:01 am (UTC)
Well his boyfriend would've been about 21 when they started dating. Personally I find huge age gaps weird (even considering that my mom is also 19 years younger than my father) but nothing wrong here!
palebluedot09 21st-Dec-2012 03:02 am (UTC)
so they started dating when the guy was 21 and have dated for 8 years. how is that weird?
lenra 21st-Dec-2012 03:08 am (UTC)
he was legal so w/e.
soft_daisy 21st-Dec-2012 03:48 am (UTC)
no matter what, they were still legal. why can't ppl understand that it's none of their business.
decimatedreams 21st-Dec-2012 05:43 am (UTC)
the fuck is so hard to understand about it?
pistolkrystle 21st-Dec-2012 07:50 am (UTC)
ok I read it wrong, I thought it said he's 19 and they've been dating for 8 years. I freaked out!
koutaishi 21st-Dec-2012 02:58 am (UTC)
top reason that Korea is a shit hole

anyone who even visits there on vacation is supporting homophobia
nyokou 21st-Dec-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Do I support homophobia too just cause my state hasn't legalized gay marriage (yet)?

that's stupid logic, tbh
angel_9_lives 21st-Dec-2012 04:13 am (UTC)
this~
harukakamiya 21st-Dec-2012 05:32 am (UTC)
it's just a troll, ignore it!
fantaesticbaby 21st-Dec-2012 03:00 am (UTC)
I feel so bad for gay people living in Korea. It must be like a constant uphill struggle for them. It's not exactly a walk in the park in my country either but at least we're on our way to making things more equal, and public opinion is a lot less bigoted.
prismboy 21st-Dec-2012 03:04 am (UTC)
South Korea makes my island's tolerance for gays seem not that bad yet I still hate it here. :( I feel really bad for the LGBT community in South Korea.
devjacaiora 21st-Dec-2012 03:09 am (UTC)
gay... remind me in Myongdong one day when I was walking with a friend... 5 gays was holding board, flashing clothes and lots of makeup trying to make peoples understand that because they love the same sex, doesn't mean they're sick... XD but still... Koreans was walking away... XD

that's sad ...
asnindie 21st-Dec-2012 03:16 am (UTC)
These guys are so courageous and strong. Hon Seok Cheon hold on, I feel so bad for him, the insults and family threats he must get on a daily basis:(
simplyobessed 21st-Dec-2012 03:24 am (UTC)
Reading this is making me sad. :( I feel bad for Hon Seok Cheon and the gay people living in Korea.

"I hope the next leader of this country is someone who cares for the rights of the minor population. Just like the president of the United States, Obama."

I really really hope so too!
shiz_lestat 21st-Dec-2012 03:27 am (UTC)
You have no idea how frustrating it is to be treated like a criminal when I've done nothing wrong. I am yelling on behalf of the people like me. Even if it means I'll get hurt

I admire him. And Kim Cho Gwang-su too. It takes a lot of courage to come out in that social environment.
Things like these make me feel proud of my country, where same sex marriage is legal since 2010 and the LGBT community is quite outspoken and respected. Of course there are still many cases of discrimination but we've come a long way when it comes to LGBT and women's Rights


Edited at 2012-12-21 03:29 am (UTC)
laeryn 21st-Dec-2012 02:48 pm (UTC)
It doesn't happen often that I can feel proud of my country, sadly, but I am so fucking proud too cause that happened here too in 2005 and we are also pretty outspoken and respected. Where are you from, btw?
shiz_lestat 21st-Dec-2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
I feel the same *nods* I'm from Argentina. We still have a lot of issues here but at least we are pretty good when it comes to LGBT rights. Where are you from?
jasmineakaiumi 21st-Dec-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
There are open lesbian communities and gay pride marathons at Ewha Womans University, which I thought was nice :')
bubblyshades 21st-Dec-2012 05:49 am (UTC)
omg :D I studied at Ewha for four months, but I didn't know about this. That's awesome!!
jasmineakaiumi 21st-Dec-2012 03:11 pm (UTC)
I see posters around for stuff like that quite often :)
orenji13 21st-Dec-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
Be happy and stay strong <3
angel_9_lives 21st-Dec-2012 04:12 am (UTC)
all I can ever think of when I hear this-or-that about gay marriage is: LISTEN TO FOAMY! Jackasses.

dippz 21st-Dec-2012 04:23 am (UTC)
"It sounds bad but don't care about those around you"

But when those around you are making your life hell it's hard to not care.........
iscreamout 21st-Dec-2012 04:48 am (UTC)
I hope they can be happy... they are very brave to openly admit that they are gay..
and I hope the next president would consider their existance means no harm
g_odalisque13 21st-Dec-2012 05:31 am (UTC)
i have so much respect for Hong Seok-cheon. even though things are still really tough for gays in korea, i hope he knows that he has made a difference just by standing up for who he is and being an inspiration to others out there.
asth77 21st-Dec-2012 08:05 am (UTC)
Hong Seok Cheon is an amazing person, I love what he says and how strong he is.
I hope he'll never give up, he has always been great and bring so much positivity to his fight.


Edited at 2012-12-21 08:07 am (UTC)
angela_derp_otp 21st-Dec-2012 08:06 am (UTC)
"I hope the next leader of this country is someone who cares for the rights of the minor population."

Well one can only hope tbh :(
chostick_1988 Let all the gays come out and be free!21st-Dec-2012 10:33 am (UTC)
Just as more Korean celebs are coming out with their relationships(esp. after the IUxEunhyuk scandal), I think more gay celebs should do the same. If there are more who confess their sexuality then won't it start to be accepted? Or will they all be stoned and side-eyed? >.
angel_of_blue Re: Let all the gays come out and be free!21st-Dec-2012 11:11 am (UTC)
There was a gay celebrity who came out on a TV show and then committed suicide later so I don't think it's gonna work. He wasn't even that famous so imagine what it's like for someone who is.
laeryn Re: Let all the gays come out and be free!21st-Dec-2012 02:45 pm (UTC)
I think it's a loooong way before that actually happens. They should find ways to normalize things first, tho. Maybe start from education and media? Those are big weapons to make people realize that gay peopole is, you know, just people. We can only hope that things will change in the next years :(
gawibawibo Re: Let all the gays come out and be free!22nd-Dec-2012 11:56 pm (UTC)
It's not that easy, though. Non-straight people can have a lot at stake and coming out can turn out very bad depending on your situation.

I'm sure every non-straight person would like to live out of the closet and comfortable not having to hide or lie, but coming out can be risky and it's understandable why people would rather remain in the closet.
lee_chikin 21st-Dec-2012 01:11 pm (UTC)
I hope the next leader of this country is someone who cares for the rights of the minor population. Just like the president of the United States, Obama
And apparently Miss Republican got elected. I'm sorry for the korean LGBT community.
laeryn 21st-Dec-2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
Me too :(
annhh 21st-Dec-2012 08:27 pm (UTC)
+2
laeryn 21st-Dec-2012 02:42 pm (UTC)
I am going to prove that I don't believe gays in this country should shut up and be treated like scum

I admire this man sfm. And I didn't know about Kim Cho Gwang-su but YOU GO! I can only hope that one day things will be better for the LGTB community in South Korea.
wox666 21st-Dec-2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
I'm gay, I want to get married in Norway, Sweden or Finland.
all gay people should go to in this countries for to live a happy life.

Edited at 2012-12-21 06:08 pm (UTC)
_pinkfish 21st-Dec-2012 07:19 pm (UTC)
These guys are so brave for coming out and showing who they truly are. I can't express how amazed I am that they have so much strength and I hope that things will change for them.
Keep up the fight guys. Stay strong.
courtkneee1 22nd-Dec-2012 02:24 am (UTC)
that's admirable since i would probably just pack up and leave a fucked up society that treated me like garbage. that's seriously awesome.
dharawal 22nd-Dec-2012 05:13 am (UTC)
I wish him nothing but the best, even though Australia still hasnt legalised same sex marriage, at least we are a hell of a lot more tolerant, we have an openly gay Minister, another Minister whose partner is transgendered and a few gay members of parliament.

And quite a few of our top entertainers/singers are open about their preferences, no one feels the need to hide it.
chostick_1988 25th-Dec-2012 05:15 am (UTC)
Sighh~ I just wish people were more accepting of gay or bi-sexual people
or people of any sexual orientation
It's sad that most of us have to feel as if we did something wrong because
the way we are is different from societal standards.
This article makes me happy but sad at the same time
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