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Thousands Showed Up To Celebrate The Seoul Queer Parade (And Thousands More Showed Up To Ruin It)

The South Korean gay pride parade went wonderfully, despite homophobic protests and petitioners trying to ruin it.

South Korea’s pride month is in full swing with events going on until the end of this week. While the Korea Queer Film Festival starts on the 19th and ends on the 22nd, the Seoul Queer Parade finished this past Saturday.

The event at the country’s capital was joined by around 30,000 people who marched around in colorful clothing, danced on open truck beds, and waved rainbow flags.

The 19th annual event was also joined by 105 organizations including human rights groups, 13 embassies, including U.S. Ambassador Harry Harris, companies, and university clubs that support sexual minorities, according to the Korea Times

 

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Unfortunately, these parade marchers weren’t alone as about 20,000 anti-gay protestors joined them in several spots along the parade path. Some held signs reading the line, "We will wait. We love you. Come back to us," while others yelled out anti-gay chants.

One group even showed up on the path before the event started and locked arms to block the way. They were eventually moved by police who stood ready to keep protestors and parade goers apart while also erecting fences around the Seoul Square outside City Hall.

 

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While homosexuality is legal in South Korea and attitudes towards it are slowly becoming more inclusive as the country progresses, there is still a great fear of discrimination and social isolation.

"I think the public attitude toward homosexuality has become much more receptive over the past few years", said parade participant Psygay to AFP as he handed out fliers.

"However, hate groups' animosity toward LGBT people has intensified all the more.”

Psygay also shared his story of coming out to his mother and brother three years ago.

"After a while, my mother said she understood me as I am her son anyhow. But my brother still urges me to change", he said.

"My father? Oh, he still doesn't know", said Psygay.

If you want to see more photos from the parade, you can check them out below.

 

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h/t: Korea Times, AFP, ABS-CBN News

Anti-LGBTQ Fascists Attempted (& Failed) To Stop Budapest Pride Parade

With a crowd of over 10,000 LGBTQ folks attending the Budapest Pride parade this past weekend, a group of black-clad anti-LGBTQ fascist youth attempted to disrupt the parade.

According to Gay Star News, young men belonging to the Sixty-Four Counties Youth Movement stood silently holding a banner, refusing to move blocking the parade path.

In the span of a few minutes, Budapest police appeared and formed a barrier between the two factions. With Pride celebrants chanting, waving rainbow flags and banging drums just feet from the fascists, the police surrounded and removed the protesters.

The crowd erupted in cheers and whistles as the police led the men away from the parade path.

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According to a translation by Facebook, the caption reads:

“The Hungarian Fascists (Hatvannégy County Youth Movement - H) have blocked the Budapest Pride Parade for a short time on and road. The marchers stood up to the fascists quickly and without violence, who seeped through security to surprise peaceful marches. The police in Budapest quickly surrounded them and pushed them out, and the parade continued to Parliament's building a few miles away.”

Conchita Wurst, the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest champion, performed at the closing ceremony for Budapest Pride and hailed the parade participants for their courage and fortitude in peacefully staring down the young racists.

‘It is very important to me to be here today, the rights of the LGBTIQ community are not where they should be,’ Wurst told the crowd.

‘The people who went to the Pride and were on the verge of being attacked by right-wing demonstrators showed great courage, and I want to highlight this situation.’

This weekend marked the 23rd Pride event in the Hungarian capital.

In spite of the brief disruption, Pride celebrants clearly had a great time.

Pride Event Takes Place In Kenya's Kakuma Refugee Camp

Here’s an inspiring story to start off the week with some positivity. This weekend, the first ever LGBTQ+ pride in a refugee camp took place.

Rainbow flags flew and demonstrators marched through Kenya’s Kakuma refugee camp. The organizers of the event were from Refugee Flag Kakuma, and most of the participants were LGBTQ+ refugees who fled from neighboring Uganda.

Homosexuality is illegal in Uganda. The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act was passed in Dec. 2013, inciting a punishment of life in prison for “aggravated homosexuality.” Violent and brutal attacks against LGBTQ+ people are common in the country, often carried out by state officials.

Rlwage Eibusone, a Ugandan transgender refugee who marched in the parade, told AFP: “I’m really happy. I feel like I am with my family and I’m very happy for it.”

A statement from Refugee Flag Kakuma read: "The very first pride event, in Kakuma refugee camp, was fabulous…The event was so colourful, with two LGBTIQ friends and comrades from the USA and England.

“We thank everyone, who has helped out in any capacity to see that our event is a success. May the almighty God bless you all, we love you all, thanks for your good heart and support.”

The slogan of the event was “Stop Homophobia.” Crowdfunding raised thousands of dollars for the parade.

Kakuma refugee camp is the third largest of its kind in the world, housing over 185,000 refugees.

h/t: https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/06/18/pride-event-takes-place-inside-refugee-camp/