• Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
  • Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
  • Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
  • Adoption
    Married couples only
  • Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
  • Employment Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Housing Discrimination
    ✔ Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Military
    ✖ Illegal
  • Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
  • Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (1-year deferral)
  • Conversion Therapy
    ✖ Not banned

Public Opinion

"Should Society Accept Homosexuality?"

South Korea ranks #21 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June 4, 2013)
(59%) No
Yes (39%)

History

Homosexual activity in South Korea

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Current status
(since Apr 22, 2003)
Legal
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Until -0001
Ambiguous
personal actuvity is not illegal (no law). but no permission to incorporate LGBTI group
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Same-sex marriage in South Korea

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Aug 15, 1948–Sep 10, 2018
Unrecognized
Life partnership pending. Gay marriage and Unions pending.
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Current status
(since Aug 15, 1948)
Unrecognized
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Right to change legal gender in South Korea

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Current status
(since Mar 22, 2013)
Legal, but requires surgery
Transgender persons are permitted to change their gender without having had sexual reassignment surgeries.
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Mar 22, 2013–Sep 1, 2018
Legal, surgery not required
Since Jan 1, 2017. Missing non binary options on documents.
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Jun 22, 2006–Mar 22, 2013
Legal, but requires surgery
Transgender South Koreans are permitted to change their gender on all legal documents following gender reassignment surgery.
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Same-sex adoption in South Korea

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Current status
(since Aug 15, 1948)
Married couples only
No information about when adoption regualtions went into effect. Date shown is when the Republic of Korea (South Korea) was founded.
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Aug 15, 1948–Sep 4, 2018
Married couples only
Legalization pending.
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LGBT discrimination in South Korea

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Aug 15, 1948–Sep 4, 2018
Illegal
Full discrimination protections came into effect in 2016.
Sources:
No
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Current status
(since Aug 15, 1948)
No protections
Date shown is the founding of the Republic of Korea (South Korea). There are no LGBT anti-discrimination protections in South Korea.
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LGBT employment discrimination in South Korea

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Current status
(since Jan 1, 2016)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Full discrimination protection including aggravated conditions since 2016.
Sources:
No
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LGBT housing discrimination in South Korea

?
Current status
(since Aug 15, 1948)
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Full discrimination protections.
Sources:
No
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in South Korea

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Current status
(since Aug 15, 1945)
Illegal
Article 92 of the South Korean Military Code provides punishment for gay men in the South Korean Military including dishonorable discharge.
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Aug 15, 1945–Sep 7, 2018
Illegal
Military officials used gay dating and social apps to prosecute same sex couples under article 92. They prosecuted several gay couples. Ruled illegal by military court in 2010. legalization pending.
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Equal age of consent in South Korea

?
Current status
Equal
No
Sources:
No
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Blood donations by MSMs in South Korea

?
Current status
Banned (1-year deferral)
No
Sources:
No
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Conversion therapy in South Korea

?
Current status
Not banned
Not criminalized Anywhere in the Koreas.
Sources:
No
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