Gay South Korean Filmmaker to Marry Long-Term Partner

South Korean filmmaker Kim Jho Gwang-soo, the second person in the entertainment industry to come out (in 2010), announced plans to marry his partner of nine years on Wednesday, Reuters reports:

Kim"We wanted to convey the message that all sexual minorities should be given rights equally in a beautiful way," the 49-year-old Kim told a news conference in the South Korean capital of Seoul as he sat next to his partner, Kim Seung-hwan.

The two then kissed in an unprecedented display of affection for a same-sex couple in Korea, where traditional Confucian and Christian values remain strong…

…The two will marry on Sept 7, a symbolic move since Korea remains far from legalizing same-sex unions despite a wave of such approval in Europe and the United States…Homosexuality is not illegal in Korea, but like elsewhere in Asia the pressure to marry someone of the opposite sex to continue the family blood line is strong and leads many to hide their homosexuality.


  1. Ryan says

    SK is in bad need of large numbers of people to start “coming out,” so this is good news. Sexual Orientation is really only starting to become something talked about over there, and thankfully there doesn’t seem to be the kind of anti-gay violence that has existed in our country or that we just saw in Russia… but nothing can change until people start coming out and confronting the old bigotry. If that happens, gay rights in SK will quickly advance.

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