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23 Apr 2019

South Korean soldier exposes the military's gay witch-hunt

Homosexuality is illegal in the South Korean military and the soldier has detailed being caught up in the military’s hunt for gay people.

While same-sex activity is legal in South Korea, it is banned in the military. The law states that this is ‘to keep the military community sound’. However, South Korea also has a mandatory two-year draft for all ‘able-bodied male citizens’.

Those prosecuted could be placed in prison for six months to two years and military officers are actively searching for gay and bisexual men. According to campaigners, this witch-hunt has continued since 2017, and an un-named soldier told the French Press Agency (AFP) that he faces legal action even after leaving the military because his relationship with another soldier was caught. The 27-year-old said ‘I worked very hard as an officer, but none of that mattered when I became a suspect. There were days when I just wanted to die.’

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Reader's Comments

1. 2019-04-24 00:37
This is a obvious trap for all able-bodied male citizens that are gay. You are required to serve in the military but you can be gay even though it is legal for same-sex activity in South Korea. The government needs to tighten control of their military and stop this practice of prosecuting their gay military personal.
I hope the exposure to the media and other organizations with help change the "mind set" of the backward thinking South Korean military.

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