Compare LGBT Rights in South Korea

Equality Index ?
47 / 100
Public Opinion
Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
54% Support
26% Against
Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
46% Agree
45% Disagree
Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
20% Did not mention homosexuals
80% Mentioned homosexuals
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
8% Justifiable
61% Not justifiable
Opinion on same-sex couples as parents
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
23% Agree
40% Disagree
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)
(Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)
44% Yes
53% No
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)
(Pew Research Center, June, 2013)
39% Yes
59% No
Perceived Acceptance of Gay People
(Gallup, 2013)
18% Good place
57% Not a good place
Law
Homosexual activityLegal
Since 2003
Same-sex marriageUnrecognized
Since 1948
Censorship of LGBT IssuesUnknown
Right to change legal genderLegal, but requires surgery
Since 2013
Legal recognition of non-binary genderUnknown
LGBT discriminationNo protections
Since 1948
LGBT employment discriminationSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 2016
LGBT housing discriminationSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 1948
Same-sex adoptionMarried couples only
Since 1948
Homosexuals serving openly in militaryIllegal
Since 1945
Blood donations by MSMsBanned (1-year deferral)
Conversion therapyNot banned
Equal age of consentEqual
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