IDAHO… South Korean Style. Hop(e) Against Homophobia and Hatred.

The words below the line are taken from an article. These are not my words. But oh, they are my intent. I look forward to the day when someone says… I’m gay and the answer is not anger, not hatred, not violence but love.

I also hope for the day when saying I love other men or other women isn’t a cause for pause and reflection. I hope for one day that it just doesn’t fucking matter because really, we’ve got so much to do as human beings… for one another… for the place we live in… for the land we’re on… for the species around us.

We have the greatest power given to any one creature… the ability to change things for the better. Please, in your day, do ONE thing to carry our destiny of bringing happiness to our existence ONE step forward.

Thank you. Rhys Ford.


16 May 2013 | By Anna Leach

Over 100 South Korean LGBT people and allies star in a YouTube video in support of gay rights released this week (Monday 13 May).

Korean Gay Men’s Human Rights Group Chingusai organized the recording of You Make me Proud, a song created by Sydney Gay and Lesbian choir to mark IDAHO (International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia) in 2012.

‘[The song] conveys the conviction that, just as LGBT people affirm and recover their lives and selves despite countless challenges and hardships, all people can overcome injustices in reality and become friends, which will lead to greater love,’ said a statement from Korean Gay Men’s Human Rights Group Chingusai.

‘Though our society fails to understand LGBT people now, viewing them from a discriminatory perspective,’ said Chang-won Pyo, a professor, in the YouTube video. ‘One day it will come to acknowledge and understand homosexuals and other sexual minorities, in step with the global trend.’

The celebrity to come out in South Korea, Hong Seok-cheon, also stars in the video saying:

‘I hope homosexuals will no longer be ashamed of who they are but lead their lives proudly and openly.’

Lesbian singer Ziihiion joined the recording of the song after hearing that anti-discrimination legislation was stalled by conservative Christian lawmakers recently. ‘All people, all loves, all relationships must be respected equally. I support LGBT rights,’ she said.

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