Gay servicemembers in South Korea find safe space

An article on Stars and Stripes.com suggests gay servicemembers may express themselves freely in South Korea, at least a bit.
A gay friendly sticker beckons patrons in one of South Korea's bar districts. (Courtesty of Stars and Stripes)

An article on Stars and Stripes.com suggests gay servicemembers may express themselves freely in South Korea, at least a bit.

Servicemembers who may be closeted in the military, the article reports, are allowed to visit gay bars in the peninsula. Their actions at a gay bar, when viewed from passersby, could be considered “asking” under the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy, which is strictly forbidden.

“This is the perfect place,” one soldier told Stars and Stripes, “if you’ve never been gay before, to come out.”

While the military does not ban visits to South Korea’s gay bars, the fear of being outed by straight colleagues keeps some soldiers anxious, the article stated.

For the full Stars and Stripes article, click here.

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