Amnesty G48 Invites You to March in Support of LGBT Human Rights!
This year there will be a parade in downtown Seoul at 12pm on June 12, 2010 to mark the 11th annual Korean Queer Culture Festival. Amnesty G48, an official chapter of Amnesty International Korea, is calling for people to join its section of the parade to celebrate the message of solidarity with LGBT communities in Korea and demand human rights for all.
The Korean Queer Culture Festival began back in 2000 and has its humble beginnings as a small two-day gathering around Sinchon and Daehangno. It moved to Itaewon and Gwanghwamun in 2002 in order to attract more attention from the mainstream public before settling in its current location, Jongno, in the very heart of Seoul. Over time, participation from a number of organizations and politicians has grown and the event has developed into a 10-day festival with a diverse program.
This year the program offers participants many ways to get involved including parties, lectures, exhibitions, a film festival, parade and many other special events. As for the parade on the 12th, it promises to be a colorful and exciting event with face painting, make-up and costumes provided for free by the organizers! It is recommended that those interested in getting all glammed up arrive before 11am to allow for plenty of time to get ready for the festivities.
Amnesty G48 encourages everyone to come out on the 12th in support of LGBT human rights in South Korea. We will be marching under the banner of "LGBT Solidarity" and encourage everyone in the queer community, and queer allies, to march together hand-in-hand. It is time to show that LGBT rights are human rights - that there are allies of the queer community who are willing to stand with and fight for the rights of their queer brothers and sisters. Too many in the LGBT community here in South Korea are too afraid, ashamed or simply unable to come out lest they be cast out from their families, lose their friends or get fired from their jobs. Stand together and show people who are still in the closet that they are not alone - that there is a strong queer community and queer allies who support them.
Discrimination is all too real for those in the LGBT community here in Korea, so let's all be out and proud and instead cast hate and ignorance back into the closet where they belong! Help us to celebrate diversity and demand human rights for ALL!
So bring your parents, your children, your colleagues and friends and join us in the spirit of freedom and solidarity in support of LGBT human rights and, to borrow from the organizers of this year’s event, "Let’s paint the town rainbow!"
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