South Korea: A South Korean rights organization is to showcase photos about the difficulty lesbians, gays, bisexual and transgender people face growing up so as to draw attention of the public and policy makers against homophobia and discrimination in society.
The photo exhibition called “The story which I cannot tell my mum” is scheduled for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia on May 17, reports myasiaout.com.
The photos will be based on the submission of online entries depicting the LGBT Korean’s childhood, accompanied by their “secret story” of growing up as LGBT individuals.
The photos will be shown in a online exhibition at http://helloidaho.chingusai.net/(in Korean), as well as in an exhibition in Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul.
The exhibition is being organized by Chingunsai (between friends) NGO which is one of the oldest organizations working for the LGBT community in the country.
General awareness of LGBT people has remained low among the Korean public and Korean gays and lesbians still face difficulties, and many prefer not to reveal their gay identity to their family, friends or co-worker.
The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia was created in 2004 to highlight violence and discrimination experienced by LGBT people around the world.
Since then the Day has grown in both scope and depth. However, celebrations and events are muted in South Korea still in mourning for the 205 people who died and 97 missing in the April 16 ferry accident on the country’s southwest coast.
Last year the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia took place in almost 120 countries.