South Korea: LGBTI activists protest against Gender Ministry

A group of South Korean LGBTI and human rights activists on Wednesday protested against the Gender Ministry’s recent order directing the Daejeon Metropolitan City to scrap articles that guarantee LGBTI rights in the city’s newly revised charter of gender equality, demanding an official apology and recognition of LGBTI rights as part of women’s rights.

A group of human rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues activists protest Wednesday in front of the central government building in Seoul against the Gender Ministry’s recent order for Daejeon Metropolitan City to delete articles that guarantee LGBTI rights in the city’s newly revised charter of gender equality. (Claire Lee/The Korea Herald)
A group of human rights and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex issues activists protest Wednesday in front of the central government building in Seoul against the Gender Ministry’s recent order for Daejeon Metropolitan City to delete articles that guarantee LGBTI rights in the city’s newly revised charter of gender equality. (Claire Lee/The Korea Herald)

The activists said they are bringing the particular issue to the U.N. Women, during a scheduled meeting with the organization’s policy director Dr. Purna Sen on Oct. 27 in New York.

The protesters, some 20 of them, included lawyers and activists for women with disabilities and victims of sexual violence. The participants, representing 12 NGOs, were initially scheduled to meet with Gender Ministry officials after holding a press conference, but the ministry canceled the meeting at the last minute on Tuesday night.

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