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1 Apr 2022

What's life like for LGBTQ people in North Korea?

Let's take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in North Korea? Let’s take a look at some of the key equality indicators.

Is homosexuality legal in North Korea?

While there’s no direct prohibition on same-sex sexual activity, homosexuality is effectively illegal as a result of the public decency and obscenity laws that are enforced.

Gay men are likely to be punished for “crimes against the socialist lifestyle”.

Are there anti-discrimination protections in North Korea?

No. There are no protections against discrimination on the grounds of sexuality.

Is there Marriage Equality in North Korea?

No. There is no legal recognition of same-sex relationships.

What’s life like for LGBTQ people in North Korea?

North Korea is a socially conservative country.

There is extensive censorship, and sexually explicit media as well as “decadent” behaviour are prohibited.

Homosexuality is a taboo subject and is not discussed.

LGBTQ people conceal their sexuality.

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