Reading List: The Lesbian Rights Movement and Feminism in South Korea

If you read this blog, I'm sure you are aware that it is rather focused on gay men. I want to apologize. I try to be inclusive, but there is so much more information about gay men than other members of the queer spectrum. That's quite shitty, huh? If any of my readers want to contribute their voice to this blog, please do!

Reading List: KoreAm Journal- The Queer Issue

This is a bit old, but still a fun read. KoreAm, a monthly magazine published in the states for Korean and Asian Americans, dedicated an issue back in 1993 to the Korean American queer community. While some things have definitely changed, I would imagine a lot of the issues posed in the journal continue to effect Korean Americans today (tiger moms, coming out, multiple identities, family dynamics). At the same time, the articles seem to feel a bit dated and it is easy to see how far we have come as a society; gay marriage is now supported by the majority of Americans and while coming out can still be difficult, families are a lot more accepting and open than they were in the 1990s.

Bar Review: Miracle

I had quite the weekend in Itaewon. The food festival was 최고, as was the bar scene. I tried a couple of new things, one of which was the lesbian bar Miracle.

Reading List: Korean Lesbians and Heteronormativity: From the Experiences of Six South Korean Lesbians

Queer Offerings at the Busan International Film Festival

The Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) has a decent number of queer films this year. Actually, on second though, it has a surprisingly small number of queer films. The festival has about 200 films being screened, and after looking through every films' synopsis, I only could find these 9 films that have LGBTQ themes. Five of these are about transsexualism. The schedule for the films isn't up yet, but I am looking forward to Laurence Anyways (France) and The Weight, which was the first Korean film to win the Queer Lion Prize at the Venice Film Festival.

Queer Films at DMZ Docs

As I mentioned earlier, I learned about the DMZ Docs festival from the director of The Skin I'm In, who found my blog. There are five other features with queer themes this year at the 4th Annual DMZ Docs Festival. All of these films are either in English or have English subtitles. 

Korean Rainbow Christian Fellowship Worship Service

Repeats every 7 days until Mon Dec 31 2012 .
Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 15:00

Korean Rainbow Christian Fellowship is an affirming, inclusive new ministry in Seoul focused on the full inclusion and participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered people in the church. We are strating worship services Spetember 4, 2011 from 3-5 pm. Please visit http://krcf.weebly.com for more information.

Korean Rainbow Christian Fellowship

Korean Rainbow Christian Fellowship is an inclusive, affirming ministry welcoming all people including gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered believers. We are a new church plant, and have big hopes for inclusive, progressive Christianity in Korea. Please visit our website at http://krcf.weebly.com for more information.

Dublin Pride, June 25 2011

Hanging around in town (Dublin, not Seoul or Suwon) yesterday we stumbled on the Dublin Pride festival. I knew about it but hadn’t registered it until we were on Georges Street.

The biggest thing about the parade, as far as I could see, was the number of participants! It was quite spectacular, at least for me anyway. I have no idea about the number of gays or there rights/problems/social stigmas that are still attached to them. I know that they are definitely more out and about than back in the day, the day being when I was in secondary school or something like that. I found out later that there was around 30,000 people at it – that makes it second to Paddy’s Day in size and importance

Destination: Korea Queer Culture Festival (2010)

Author's note: In order to take photos at this event, I was required to sign a pledge promising to keep people anonymous. In compliance with that pledge, I have blurred out faces or selected pictures that did not show people's faces - homosexuality in South Korea still carries a harsh stigma, and I will not intentionally 'out' someone on this blog.

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