“My Child is Gay”
Meet the parents of the Korean LGBTQ community
ON JUNE 1, 2019 the Seoul Queer Parade took to the streets of Seoul Plaza, the political center of Seoul. On the same day, the Queer Ceremony Opposition Festival took place in front of Daehanmun just across the street from the Seoul Queer Parade. Korean society is deeply divided in its views towards the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) community, and such division is causing Korean LGBTQs, their family and friends to suffer from many misconceptions and prejudice, which in turn makes them conceal their identities. In commemoration of the 20th anniversary of the Seoul Queer Parade, I attended the Parents and Families of LGBTAIQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, asexual, intersex, queer)* People in Korea’s monthly meeting on May 11. Breaking away from the conservative societal views older generation Koreans have of the LGBTQ community, these parents have been regularly attending these monthly meetings to understand their kids better and make the world a more embracing place for all LGBTQs.