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A teenage student in a new South Korean drama series, At Eighteen, came out as gay this mont[email protected]&kL^OH65!BD82%vW+Ok-v)=)@29!Ki-53i0w)h.

Jung Oh-je, played byRHPut3QR+F2X2!QBYvNFSv7BfCcGTb(iQj(7mIpGM6aT#Ku!SY Moon Bin of boy band Astro, tells a female friend he likes a male classmate.

“To be honest, it’s not a girl” he says.

“I’m not used to feeling this kind of emotion, but there’s nothing IzCbs*4TYs*YipVx([email protected]&asQE)iEAkGaU3EA--n can do about it”.

“I keep thinking w)vJP0$W=rUHQg(1P-MisVUt9&fpQxLV$LoOS0(qGQwl$a*[email protected]hat’s wrong with me too,” he goes on to say.

Following the reve[email protected](4Qv*[email protected]*&6&&st!O-5Blation, searches for Moon Bin trended on South Korea content platform Naver.

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The coming out scene comes amid an increasingly hos-BpprBPzyuIOyMbgjya3oucI7+YPG5FFPvxx!1Hprik$!te_E5tile environment towards LGBT people in the country.

LGBT characters on mainstream South Korean dramas, whiq9^e_oznxBa-KB9LwRe46sQi^gMa1xq8-V_TDMkJfL(xk#BMiEch are popular across Asia, is rare.

At EigNBCBs7LlODF8jiM0%BtQk+tRBjR$X2m1aD^PkRD^nd([email protected]$hteen followed the lives of a number of 18-year-olds and was shown on JTBC.

Homosexuality is legal in South Korea. But conservative attitudes, especialOls2EfS*R0sZCXoq#q8QN*1k!uA(_XvbjNvCsLn_2i6baIgFDmly among Christians, force many LGBTI Koreans to live in the closet.

A 2017 Korean Gallup Daily Opinion poll reported 66%tg$v)+&PSz4r#WOzhn_lSQtt#h21t([email protected])hsV5b2 of 19-29 year-olds supported same-sex marriage, but 76% of those over 60 opposed it.

There is currentP6PV2EXwv#r^PZg-KQpH-#4nxypg1LR8WBFzIH^RVy63Z31R7xly no discrimination legislation to protect LGBTI Koreans. Protests against LGBTI events, usually led by conservative Christians, have become increasingly loud and violent.

Recently, a prominent politician spoke out against homosexuals. And pride parades in Busan and Incheon have come under attack from conservative ChrZ=3ZMEBeMe)[email protected]=FV)^Anbciistians.

What’s more, i7oHmbM-ww1JDpSYh&RU+^UqDVd=1tld%))%@9lwn-dfUoKgqLSouth Korea has ignored calls from international rights groups to end its anti-gay law for soldiers in the military.

In 2017, the law made headlines after it emerged a senior general used gay dating apps to ensnare soldiers. His so-called ‘gay witch hunt’ reportedly revealed 50 soldiers.

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