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Rights Watchdog Calls On Gov’t to Include Sexual Minorities in Statistical Surveys

Rights Watchdog Calls On Gov’t to Include Sexual Minorities in Statistical Surveys

SEOUL, Dec. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — The state human rights watchdog is calling on the cabinet to add categories about sexual minorities to government statistics and surveys that form the basis of making public policy. The the National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) recently passed a policy recommendation to prevent hatred and discrimination against [...]

Court Allows the Correction of Gender Without Surgery to Remove Reproductive Organs

Court Allows the Correction of Gender Without Surgery to Remove Reproductive Organs

SEOUL, Oct. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — A South Korean court has ruled for the first time that gender can be corrected without surgery to remove reproductive organs or to modify external genitals. Tthe Suwon District Court said it recently allowed the correction of gender in a case filed by a transgender individual in his 20s. [...]

Discrimination, Hatred Against Trans People ‘Serious’ in S. Korea: Watchdog

Discrimination, Hatred Against Trans People ‘Serious’ in S. Korea: Watchdog

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Many transgender people in South Korea have experienced discrimination and hatred in everyday life, a survey by the state human rights watchdog showed Wednesday. A total of 591 transgender aged 19 or above took part in the survey on the discrimination they have experienced under nine criteria, including daily [...]

Gender Reassignment Surgery Agency Ranks S. Korea Lowest for Transgender Human Rights

Gender Reassignment Surgery Agency Ranks S. Korea Lowest for Transgender Human Rights

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Transgender human rights issues are once again provoking discussion in South Korean society. The stories of Byun Hee-soo, a former noncommissioned officer who wished to remain in the military but was discharged after undergoing gender reassignment surgery, and a transgender student who eventually gave up her spot in law [...]

Transgender Student Withdraws University Application, Still Faces Discrimination

Transgender Student Withdraws University Application, Still Faces Discrimination

SEOUL, Feb. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — A transgender individual who was accepted to Sookmyung Women’s University’s Law School after undergoing sex change surgery last year has decided to withdraw her application after being subjected to a torrent of hate speech from some students. In the meantime, some students’ ridicule and accusations against the transgender student [...]

Continuing Debate over Transgender Student Enrolling at Women’s University

Continuing Debate over Transgender Student Enrolling at Women’s University

SEOUL, Feb. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Controversy is heating up on university campuses over a transgender student who was accepted to Sookmyung Women’s University (SWU) after undergoing sex-change surgery from male to female. There are claims that gender changes threaten women’s rights and safety, while signatures “welcoming” the transgender student are continuing among the alumni [...]

Students at Women’s University Oppose Enrollment of Transgender Female

Students at Women’s University Oppose Enrollment of Transgender Female

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Students at Sookmyung Women’s University are strongly opposing the recent decision by school authorities that a transgender female has been admitted to the university. The transgender female, 22, received a sex change operation in Thailand last year and was reassigned a new gender by authorities before being admitted to [...]