The “first gay wedding in Korea” happened last Saturday, September 7th. It was held publicly in Cheonggyecheon, near Gwanghwamun. When the “invitation” was published on news portals a few weeks ago, I thought I would like to see the event but I had something more important to attend to last weekend.
The wedding drew attention especially because it is a union of two personalities involved in film making ~ Kim Seung Hwan and Kim Jo Gwang Soo, a Korean movie director. Even though the two Kims had a public wedding ceremony, their “marriage” is not legal as the country does not recognize same-sex marriage (yet). The case of Harisoo (a Korean talent) is quite different, though. Harisoo is a transsexual and the state legally recognizes her as a woman. She attended the said “first gay wedding in Korea” with her actor husband, Miki Jeong.
Kim Seung Hwan and Kim Jo Gwang Soo has a 19-year age difference. They met in 2004 and has kept their relationship for nine years.
The first gay wedding in Korea went as planned for two hours. There was only a little disruption with a few members of a Christian church protesting the said wedding. One man threw “doenjang” or soy bean paste at the choir. While homosexuality is still taboo in the country, Koreans I asked about this gay wedding (동성결혼 -dong-seong kyolhon – in Korean) just shrugged their shoulders. A few thought it was amusing, but nobody said anything hateful.
In my ten years living in Korea, I haven’t seen a lot of gay Koreans based on how we know gay people are in the Philippines. It’s probably because gays here are not into cross-dressing like we often see in the Philippines. I remember seeing a Korean man in the subway who was wearing a lot of accessories and I thought that he must be gay. I have a lot of gay friends in the Philippines and I truly miss having one here. They are just so much fun to be with. Oh well, I have Pinay ajumma friends who are so gay anyway ;p