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Apr 21 2017
Is South Korea's Military Persecuting Gay Soldiers? Comments (0)

The eemergence of a public video showing two male South Korean soldiers having sex  South-Korean-flaghas raised concerns that our ally in the region is going out of its way to persecute and already persecuted minority.

Via Bloomberg:

Military investigators looking into the case have threatened soldiers to out their gay peers, confiscated cellphones to check communication records, and even used dating apps to dupe soldiers into revealing their sexual identity, said Taehoon Lim, the head of the Military Human Rights Center for Korea, which tracks down abuses in the armed forces.

South Korea's army says it's conducting a proper criminal investigation into soldiers allegedly involved with filming and uploading the video, which is a violation of the country's communications laws and a military penal code that makes homosexual activity punishable by up to two years in prison. The army has denied allegations that investigators are using the case to embark on a broader mission to weed out gay soldiers.

"Military investigators used the information they gained from the investigation on the sex video to track down other gay soldiers in the army, starting by forcing the suspects to identify who they had sex with and then widening their search from there," said Lim, who said a soldier tipped his group off about the alleged crackdown.

The problem in South Korea is the Christian bloc:

In conservative South Korea, gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people are harshly stigmatized and struggle to be politically visible, while a powerful Christian lobby immobilizes politicians seeking to pass anti-discrimination laws. That stigma is amplified in the military, where most able-bodied South Korean men are required to serve about two years as the country maintains a large force in the face of potential conflict with North Korea.

I would say that I hope the U.S. would pressure South Korea to reform on this issue, but our country is in the process of regressing, under a Chrstian-dominated Administration (headed up by a closet atheist with no morals about caving to them for power). There's simply no way anyone in power in the Trump Administration will bat an eye at this. It took torture to get only Nikki Haley, so far, to condemn the religion-based (Islam) misery being visited upon gay men in Chechnya, which is an incidental ally of the U.S. thanks to Trump's clear-cut ties to Putin.