Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Korean LGBT Issues…

G-Dragon Big Bang Blonde

Being at 8:30am on Sunday morning, then my presentation at the ICAS 6 Conference in Daejeon last weekend wasn’t exactly well attended, but at least I did get to meet Professor Douglas Sanders of the University of British Colombia, a noted author on human rights and LGBT issues, and as it happens also the first openly gay person to speak at the UN. He later passed on a paper he has just written on the development of LGBT issues and activism in Korea in the 1990s and 2000s, and I recommend it for the chronological overview of the subject it especially, and which I wish had been available before I read the rather denser (but also excellent) article on the subject in the Autumn 2005 Korea Journal article “Intersectionality Revealed: Sexual Politics in Post-IMF Korea” by Cho Ju-hyun. Combined, you probably couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive look at the subject, although of course please pass on any more resources if you know of them!

Not to imply that G-Dragon (G-드래곤) of the Korean boy-band Big Bang (빅뱅) above is anything but heterosexual by the way, but that’s certainly an interesting photo of him above (source), and which as someone growing up in the UK in the 1980s instantly reminded of noted LGBT celebrities Boy George and Julian Clary. For the story behind the photoshoot, see here.


7 thoughts on “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Korean LGBT Issues…

  1. Even though time was short, I thoroughly enjoyed your presentation ~ you really have to present a more in-depth version sometime soon, in a forum that will give you more time.
    I suspect we’ll be seeing more research on this issue soon . . . I know of a few researchers working on LGBT issues, and I believe there’s a call for papers out from an Australia-based journal (darn it, will find the Journal website, I swear!) . . .


    1. Thanks Gomushin Girl, and missing half of what I said I would talk about was of course entirely my own fault really, as I had well before the night before in my yogwan room to realize that what I planned to say was over 35 minutes long…just a tad over the 20 available! But it gave me many many ideas to turn into articles over the next few months, so the preparation was by no means wasted!

      Wish I’d sat down like you did by the way: man that projector light was bright!


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