Windy City Media Group Frontpage News


home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2023-02-22



LGBT occupiers in Seoul get bill through the city council
From a news release

This article shared 3374 times since Wed Dec 21, 2011
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email

The following was sent out by Jihye Kim on Dec. 20, 2011

Dear friends and colleagues,

We [ LGBT occupiers in Seoul ] won the Seoul Student Rights Ordinance with all SOGI related clauses in the original draft included! Today [ Dec. 20, 2011 ] around 6:30 p.m., the draft that states non-discrimination against LGBT students, as well as active protection for LGBT students, passed the Council with vote of 54 in favor, 28 against, and 4 abstention.

In fact, the critical moment today was to pass the Educational Committee of the [ Seoul Metropolitan ] Council before the plenary session. As some of you might remember, the Committee tried to delete the clauses on LGBT students, and that was what we mostly had to fight against. As of yesterday, we could only expect 7 out of 15 members of the Committee at the maximum who would be in favor the original language. The Chair of the Committee was very resistant to the draft and even reportedly attempted to fail the bill completely by delaying their decision were it to include SOGI-related clauses. However, this morning, the original language passed the Committee with the vote of 8 in favor, 6 against, and 1 abstention.

It happened after the 6 days of protest of LGBT young people and activists, day and night. This is a significant progress in our LGBT history, because we fought face-to-fact against the homophobic individuals and groups, including many members of the Council, and completely won with legitimacy on our side. The Council had serious debates on SOGI issues in their plenary session for the first time in our history, and one of the Council members read out Ban Ki-Moon's speech that was cited in the recent OHCHR's report. That was the moment that the voices of LGBT people began to be heard, and LGBT people's human rights are recognized.

The Seoul Student Rights Ordinance was not the first one that contained clauses on LGBT students. There were two other local ordinances that contained such non-discrimination clauses. However, that did not have actual impact on students, because the ordinances were not something that we won through this kind of fight. The SOGI did not become an issue, and the language in the ordinances remained as if dead letters.

The Seoul ordinance is different. We fought, and we won. We debated, and we taught people. And we know that it was all possible because of support from a lot of people--including IGLHRC and so many of you who participated in and passed along the petition and sent us support statement. Your message was delivered to the members of the Council. Truly, the whole process was more educational than just political, and we know that now we have a better ground to resume our work towards legislation of anti-discrimination law, which we failed in 2007.

I'd like to share a photo of the historical moment. It was so beautiful see the rainbow in front of the Council building. Now we see the change of tones on LGBT people in the media. History has begun on our side.

Thank you all for your wonderful support.

Best wishes,



Dec. 15, 2011

Sit-in Protest Begun: Seoul Student Rights Ordinance, ROK

Dear friends and colleagues,

Thank you for your interest that you've shown since I emailed you yesterday. We appreciate your support to keep the clauses prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the Seoul Student Rights Ordinance bill.

As of 2p.m. today ( Dec. 14, 2011 ) , the Common Action for LGBT Students, a coalition of individual activists, lawyers, and human rights groups, has begun sit-in protest at the building of the Seoul Metropolitan Council. Around 30 people, including LGBT young people and activists, are currently participating in the protest ( Writing at 12:50 a.m. in Seoul ) and the protest will continue day and night until we get our message delivered to the members of the Committee.The protest was sparked when we learned that the Committee moves to take out any reference from the draft to sexual orientation and gender identity. In particular, we hear that the Committee might offer to take out entire lists of prohibited grounds from the non-discrimination clause and others in the bill, and simply state the non-discrimination principle.

We know such broad statement will be plainly meaningless particularly for LGBT students, because it cannot be more clear that the intent is to avoid obligations to protect LGBT students. Such outcome will justify the threats, bullying, and homophobic remarks against LGBT students that are currently happening at school settings by students as well as teachers and principals, and thereby intensify discriminations. We are also deeply concerned that such outcome would even further delay legislation of an anti-discrimination law that would protect LGBT people, as the substantive and symbolic significance of Seoul in S. Korea cannot be exaggerated.

As you might know, the Education Committee will review the bill draft on 16 December, and it's critical to have the Committee pass the current draft with all the clauses included. We need your continuous interest and support.

Here's a link to a news article ( in Korean ) with some photos of the sit-in protest scene.

The petition page is:

Thank you.



This article shared 3374 times since Wed Dec 21, 2011
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Gay News

IML 2023 begins
Visitors from around the world gathered in the Florentine Room of the Congress Hotel on May 25 to kick off the opening ceremonies of the 2023 installment International Male Leather. The event was emceed by Thib ...

Gay News

Louisiana Senate committee kills anti-trans bill aimed at minors
The Louisiana Senate Health & Welfare Committee has stopped an anti-trans bill aimed at minors, WBRZ News 2 in Baton Rouge has reported. Republican committee chairman Fred Mills joined Democrats on May 24 to kill Louisiana House Bill 648—a bill tha ...

Gay News

Openly gay experimental artist/filmmaker Kenneth Anger dies at 96
Experimental filmmaker and artist Kenneth Anger has died at age 96. According to Variety, his gallery—Sprueth Magers, operated by Monika Spruth and Philomene Magers—confirmed the news on their website, writing ...

Gay News

NATIONAL DHS violence report, queer Democratic club, trans influencer dies, vigil, GLSEN Awards
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that threats of violence against the LGBTQ+ community are increasing—and intensifying, according to ABC News. "These issues include actions linked to drag-themed events ...

Gay News

WORLD Spain, South Korea festival, Eurovision, marriage items, Sri Lanka
Spain became the latest country to join a U.S. initiative that seeks to promote LGBTQI+ rights around the world, The Washington Blade reported. "Promoting and protecting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ...

Gay News

Abortion news: North Carolina, Montana, Nancy Pelosi
On May 16, North Carolina's GOP-led General Assembly moved to ban most abortions after 12 weeks, overriding a veto from Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. The state House voted 72-48, along party lines, hours after the state ...

Gay News

UIC's 'lavender' graduates step out into the world
On May 2, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) held its 17th annual Lavender Graduation Ceremony in front of a crowded room of queer graduates and their friends, allies and families. The event was held in ...

Gay News

FDA changes 40-year blood donation guidelines to focus on behavior, not orientation or identity; GLAAD responds
--From a press release - (New York, NY - Thursday, May 11, 2023) GLAAD, the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) media advocacy organization, is responding to news that the FDA will allow more gay and bisexual men ...

Gay News

Screenwriter Guinevere Turner book launch June 4; book chronicles growing up with infamous Lyman Family cult
--From a press release - CHICAGO—The book launch of acclaimed screenwriter Guinevere Turner's When the World Didn't End, a memoir of her childhood growing up with the infamous Lyman Family cult, will be held Sunday, June 4, 2-5 p.m. at Whiskey ...

Gay News

NATIONAL Gun control, San Francisco, trans-rights bill, Portland police, Roxane Gay
Openly gay Colorado Gov. Jared Polis recently signed four gun-control measures into law, per the Colorado Newsline. The new laws raise the minimum age to buy a gun to 21, impose a three-day waiting period for ...

Gay News

VIEWPOINT Telling the world about my mental health disorders
Over the years, coming out as a lesbian hasn't been that hard for me—because I was always too busy hiding something else. Confessing queerness can be a breeze compared to revealing mental illness. But I decline ...

Gay News

Uganda's parliament passes slightly revised anti-LGBTQ+ measure
On May 2, Uganda's parliament passed one of the world's toughest anti-LGBTQ+ bills for a second time—and it's largely unchanged. The African country's new bill retains most of the harshest measures of the legislation that passed ...

Gay News

GLAAD, LGBTQ+ Victory Institute respond to censure threat to Montana Rep. Zooey Zephyr
--From a press release - Washington, DC — GLAAD, the world's leading LGBTQ media advocacy organization, and LGBTQ+ Victory Institute, the only national organization dedicated to elevating openly LGBTQ+ leaders who further equality at all ...

Gay News

Billy Masters bids adieu to Dame Edna
"I was born with a priceless gift—the ability to laugh at the misfortunes of others." —Dame Edna Everage The world just got a bit duller with the death of Dame Edna Everage. Her creator, Barry Humphries, ...

Gay News

Don Lemon out at CNN after 17 years; Tucker Carlson out at Fox
Openly gay TV journalist Don Lemon is out at CNN after 17 years. Lemon, who had co-hosted CNN This Morning on April 24, said that he was informed by his agent that he had been terminated, according to Deadline. The show, ...


Copyright © 2023 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.




About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.