Over hundred LGBT South Koreans and allies record video against gay hate

YouTube video released for IDAHO (International Day Against homophobia and transphobia)

Over hundred LGBT South Koreans and allies record video against gay hate
16 May 2013

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.

The video was recorded for IDAHO 2013 on Friday 17 May. At 3pm on IDAHO itself Korean Gay Men’s Human Rights Group Chingusai will hold an open screening of the You Make me Proud video and a behind-the-scenes video in its office.

Watch the video here:

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