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8 in 10 Middle Schoolers Want to Learn About Sexual Minorities During Sex Education Classes: Survey

8 in 10 Middle Schoolers Want to Learn About Sexual Minorities During Sex Education Classes: Survey

SEOUL, Nov. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — A majority of middle school students want to learn about sexual minorities during sex education classes at school, a survey showed Tuesday. The Korean Women’s Development Institute, a state-run think tank, conducted a survey of 4,065 middle school students, of which only 21.1 percent had learned about sexual minorities [...]

Top Court Overturns Lower Courts’ Denial of Legal Sex Change to Parent with Underage Child

Top Court Overturns Lower Courts’ Denial of Legal Sex Change to Parent with Underage Child

SEOUL, Nov. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The Supreme Court ruled Thursday it is illegal to deny transgender people the right to change their legal sex status solely on the grounds that they have underage children. The ruling was made in a request filed in 2019 by a naturally born man who underwent a sex reassignment [...]

Kiosks Should Offer Voice Assistance for the Disabled

Kiosks Should Offer Voice Assistance for the Disabled

SEOUL, Nov. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — From now on, setting up kiosks requires installing braille blocks and offering voice guides. The Ministry of Health and Welfare announced that is has released an advance notice of the legislative plan to amend legislation related to discrimination against disabled people. The enforcement decree stipulates that appropriate facilities should [...]

Rights Watchdog Says Banning Colored, Permed Hairstyles for Students Violates Basic Rights

Rights Watchdog Says Banning Colored, Permed Hairstyles for Students Violates Basic Rights

SEOUL, Oct. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — School regulations banning students from dying or perming their hair infringe upon their basic human rights, the state rights watchdog said Monday. A high school girl, whose name was withheld, from an undisclosed school in North Gyeongsang Province filed a petition with the National Human Rights Commission of Korea, [...]

Court Grants 1st Refugee Status over Sexual Orientation-based Persecution

Court Grants 1st Refugee Status over Sexual Orientation-based Persecution

SEOUL, Oct. 20 (Korea Bizwire) — An appellate court has granted refugee status to a transgender Malaysian national, recognizing persecution based on sexual orientation as a basis for asylum for the first time, sources said Thursday. The Seoul High Court has recently delivered the ruling in a suit the Malaysian filed against the Seoul office [...]

Human Rights Watchdog Voices Opinion Against Abolishing Gender Ministry

Human Rights Watchdog Voices Opinion Against Abolishing Gender Ministry

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — The National Human Rights Commission decided Friday to issue an official position recommending that it is better to restructure the gender ministry into an independent agency dealing exclusively with gender issues, rather than abolishing it. The commission decided at a board meeting to deliver the position to the National [...]

Unmarried Couples Living Together Experience Discrimination with Gov’t Benefits: Survey

Unmarried Couples Living Together Experience Discrimination with Gov’t Benefits: Survey

SEOUL, Oct. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Close to one-third of unmarried couples living together or who are de facto married have experienced discrimination when applying for government subsidies, a survey showed Thursday. The Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs conducted a survey of 291 households consisting of 336 men and women between 19 and [...]