Entry #223: Serving openly in military in South Korea

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RegionSouth Korea
IssueServing openly in military
StatusIllegal
Start Datepast
End Datenow
DescriptionSame-sex intercourse is not illegal for civilians in South Korea, but it is between men in the military. Article 92-6 of the Military Criminal Act penalizes “indecent acts” in any military setting with up to two years in prison — and all able-bodied men must serve about two years in the military. No law criminalizes heterosexual intercourse in the South Korean military. However, there are some signs that restrictions on LGBTQ service members may be easing: In 2022, the South Korean Supreme Court overturned the conviction of two soldiers for gay sex, and in 2021, a district court posthumously reinstated a transgender soldier who died by suicide after being dismissed from the army.
Sourceshttps://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/south-koreas-lgbtq-community-confronts-crushing-headwinds-fight-equali-rcna57777


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Revision by rainbowmit1. Corrected error

Old Value New Value (Current)
Value(REMOVED)Illegal
Value SpecialAmbiguousIllegal
NoteServing openly is possible, but legal difficulties and prosecution applies.Same-sex intercourse is not illegal for civilians in South Korea, but it is between men in the military. Article 92-6 of the Military Criminal Act penalizes “indecent acts” in any military setting with up to two years in prison — and all able-bodied men must serve about two years in the military. No law criminalizes heterosexual intercourse in the South Korean military.

However, there are some signs that restrictions on LGBTQ service members may be easing: In 2022, the South Korean Supreme Court overturned the conviction of two soldiers for gay sex, and in 2021, a district court posthumously reinstated a transgender soldier who died by suicide after being dismissed from the army.
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Serving openly is possible, but legal difficulties and prosecution applies. Same-sex intercourse is not illegal for civilians in South Korea, but it is between men in the military. Article 92-6 of the Military Criminal Act penalizes “indecent acts” in any military setting with up to two years in prison — and all able-bodied men must serve about two years in the military. No law criminalizes heterosexual intercourse in the South Korean military. However, there are some signs that restrictions on LGBTQ service members may be easing: In 2022, the South Korean Supreme Court overturned the conviction of two soldiers for gay sex, and in 2021, a district court posthumously reinstated a transgender soldier who died by suicide after being dismissed from the army.
Sourceshttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/world/asia/south-korea-army-gay.htmlhttps://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/south-koreas-lgbtq-community-confronts-crushing-headwinds-fight-equali-rcna57777
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https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/world/asia/south-korea-army-gay.html https://www.nbcnews.com/nbc-out/out-news/south-koreas-lgbtq-community-confronts-crushing-headwinds-fight-equali-rcna57777

Revision by Meelis

Old Value (Original) New Value
ValueIllegal(REMOVED)
Value Special(REMOVED)Ambiguous
Start DateAug 15, 1945(NONE)
NoteArticle 92 of the South Korean Military Code provides punishment for gay men in the South Korean Military including dishonorable discharge.Serving openly is possible, but legal difficulties and prosecution applies.
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Article 92 of the South Korean Military Code provides punishment for gay men in the South Korean Military including dishonorable discharge. Serving openly is possible, but legal difficulties and prosecution applies.
Sourceshttp://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/09/117_67179.htmlhttps://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/world/asia/south-korea-army-gay.html
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http://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2010/09/117_67179.html https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/world/asia/south-korea-army-gay.html
Reports (3)
  • Status is not correct "In 2017, there was a search and punishment for homosexuals against their will in the military."
  • Newer law has been passed "South Korea recently overruled that law"
  • Note field is incorrect "All Korean men, regardless of their sexual orientation, are required to be conscripted and serve in the military. Indicating that you’re a homosexual will not get you out of it, nor would it be punishable. However, any sexual act between the military members (who are usually men, therefore often same-sex) are illegal and punishable "

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