The First Gay Wedding in Korea
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