Entry #277: Homosexual activity in North Korea

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RegionNorth Korea
IssueHomosexual activity
Statusna
Start DateSep 14, 1948
End Datenow
DescriptionContrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is the date of North Korean statehood.) While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korean Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals. However, even though de jure homosexuality is not prohibited, de facto there were some cases of punishment for LGBT people
Sourceshttps://outrightinternational.org/our-work/asia/democratic-peoples-republic-korea https://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/ https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/24/asia/north-korea-gay-defector/index.html


Revision History (21)

Deleted by LGBTsoutheastasian. This means ambiguous, it does not mean homosexuality is illegal either

Old Value New Value (Current)
ValueLegal(REMOVED)
Value Special(REMOVED)N/A

Revision by danlev. Reverting to previous version of this entry, pre spam/abuse. Adding sources, but more needed since homosexuality in North Korea is a debated entry. Discuss in our Discord channel if you have feedback.

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Noteno law prohibiting homosexualityContrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is the date of North Korean statehood.)

While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korean Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals.

However, even though de jure homosexuality is not prohibited, de facto there were some cases of punishment for LGBT people
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no law prohibiting homosexuality Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is the date of North Korean statehood.) While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korean Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals. However, even though de jure homosexuality is not prohibited, de facto there were some cases of punishment for LGBT people
Sourceshttps://www.lemonde.frhttps://outrightinternational.org/our-work/asia/democratic-peoples-republic-korea
https://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/
https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html
https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/24/asia/north-korea-gay-defector/index.html
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https://www.lemonde.fr https://outrightinternational.org/our-work/asia/democratic-peoples-republic-korea https://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/ https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html https://www.cnn.com/2017/04/24/asia/north-korea-gay-defector/index.html

Revision by l_hrz. legal in north korea

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ValueIllegal (death penalty as punishment)Legal
NoteIn 2011, The Korea Times, a South Korean publication, reported that North Korea had executed a lesbian couple, a North Korean woman and Japanese woman, for being influenced by capitalism and "bringing corruption of public morals". In the article, the source was Free North Korea Radio, itself a project of the Defense Forum Foundation, a U.S. government sponsored nonprofit organization.[3]no law prohibiting homosexuality
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In 2011, The Korea Times, a South Korean publication, reported that North Korea had executed a lesbian couple, a North Korean woman and Japanese woman, for being influenced by capitalism and "bringing corruption of public morals". In the article, the source was Free North Korea Radio, itself a project of the Defense Forum Foundation, a U.S. government sponsored nonprofit organization.[3] no law prohibiting homosexuality
Sourceshttps://www.wikiwand.com/en/LGBT_rights_in_North_Korea https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_North_Koreahttps://www.lemonde.fr
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https://www.wikiwand.com/en/LGBT_rights_in_North_Korea https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_North_Korea https://www.lemonde.fr

Revision by Daniel455907. Homosexuality is illegal in north korea

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Reports (12)
  • Sources are invalid or broken
  • Sources are invalid or broken "Radio Free North Korea and south korean newspapers tend to extrapolate stories coming from North Korea and weakly reflect the reality of the country. There are several cases of it happening, like when western anti-DPRK media spread the word that the DPRK made ita citizens believe they won the world cup, when in reality the source of that information came from a satirical south korean paper. Please revise this part of the page, it also doesn't match with the information given in the "age of consent" section"
  • Sources are invalid or broken
  • Sources are invalid or broken "South Korean publications are known for creating disinformation about the DPRK or heavily distorting what's true about it to fit a specific political agenda, and often doesn't provide sources or credits defectors which are typically known to lie for financial benefit. As we know it, there is no legitimate evidence of North Korea executing same-sex couples or anything of the like."
  • Status is not correct
  • Sources are invalid or broken
  • Other
  • Sources are invalid or broken "Source is a US propaganda distributor and should not be trusted regarding laws in US enemy countries."
  • Status is not correct "homosexuality is legal in North Korea"
  • Status is not correct
  • Status is not correct
  • Status is not correct "i mean i guess the reason is 'being influnced by capitalism' not for being homosexual. or maybe they think homosexuality is capitalist (?)"

Revision by cihalcoc. Incorrect status

Old Value New Value
ValueIllegal (other penalty)Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
Reports (3)
  • Status is not correct "L’homosexualité est ambigu "
  • Status is not correct "Homosexuality is not explicitly illegal in North Korea"
  • Sources are invalid or broken "Its an Propaganda article by the US. Normaly this wouldnt be a Problem but they are officiaöly at war and the us literally finances anti dprk Propaganda just so they can feed their narrative."

Revision by Vito12. If this is wrong please change it

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ValueIllegal (death penalty as punishment)Illegal (other penalty)
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct "North Korea does not criminalize homosexuality"

Revision by Vito12. If this is wrong please change it

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Value(REMOVED)Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
Value SpecialAmbiguous(REMOVED)

Revision by Vito12. If this is wrong please change it

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NoteContrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is the date of North Korean statehood.)

While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korean Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals.

However, even though de jure homosexuality is not prohibited, de facto there were some cases of punishment for LGBT people
In 2011, The Korea Times, a South Korean publication, reported that North Korea had executed a lesbian couple, a North Korean woman and Japanese woman, for being influenced by capitalism and "bringing corruption of public morals". In the article, the source was Free North Korea Radio, itself a project of the Defense Forum Foundation, a U.S. government sponsored nonprofit organization.[3]
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Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is the date of North Korean statehood.) While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korean Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals. However, even though de jure homosexuality is not prohibited, de facto there were some cases of punishment for LGBT people In 2011, The Korea Times, a South Korean publication, reported that North Korea had executed a lesbian couple, a North Korean woman and Japanese woman, for being influenced by capitalism and "bringing corruption of public morals". In the article, the source was Free North Korea Radio, itself a project of the Defense Forum Foundation, a U.S. government sponsored nonprofit organization.[3]
Sourceshttps://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/
https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html
https://www.wikiwand.com/en/LGBT_rights_in_North_Korea https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_North_Korea
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https://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/ https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html https://www.wikiwand.com/en/LGBT_rights_in_North_Korea https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT_rights_in_North_Korea

Revision by cihalcoc. It is ambiguous

Old Value New Value
ValueLegal(REMOVED)
Value Special(REMOVED)Ambiguous
NoteContrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood.)

While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korea Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals.
Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is the date of North Korean statehood.)

While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korean Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals.

However, even though de jure homosexuality is not prohibited, de facto there were some cases of punishment for LGBT people
Show Difference
Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood.) While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korea Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals. de facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is the date of North Korean statehood.) While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korean Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals. However, even though de jure homosexuality is not prohibited, de facto there were some cases of punishment for LGBT people
Reports (2)
  • Sources are invalid or broken
  • Note field is incorrect "The Korean Times is a South Korean newspaper, things said by SK about NK are often untrue and/or misleading, and the South Korean government is known to pay North Korean immigrants to lie about the country."

Revision by GeorgieTheOrgie. Inaccurate Status

Old Value New Value
Value(REMOVED)Legal
Value SpecialN/A(REMOVED)
Reports (1)
  • Sources are invalid or broken

Revision by JordanB3047

Old Value New Value
ValueIllegal (death penalty as punishment)(REMOVED)
Value Special(REMOVED)N/A
NoteNorth Korea believes homosexuals are "influenced by capitalism". As a result, many have been executed and put in camps.Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood.)

While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korea Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals.
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North Korea believes homosexuals are "influenced by capitalism". As a result, many have been executed and put in camps. Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood.) While punishment is rare, it has been reported by The Korea Times that North Korea has executed a lesbian couple for being influenced by capitalism and bringing corruption of public morals.
Sourceshttps://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.htmlhttps://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/
https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html
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https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html https://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/ https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html
Reports (1)
  • Sources are invalid or broken "not broken."

Revision by CHR0LL0PH0BICCC

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NoteNorth Korea believes homosexuals are "influenced by capitalism".North Korea believes homosexuals are "influenced by capitalism". As a result, many have been executed and put in camps.
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North Korea believes homosexuals are "influenced by capitalism". As a result, many have been executed and put in camps.

Revision by im_h_DEACTIVATED

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NoteIt has been reported that North Korea executed homosexuals, believing that they are influenced by capitalism.

It has been reported that North Korea executed homosexuals, believing that they are influenced by capitalism.
North Korea believes homosexuals are "influenced by capitalism".
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It has been reported that North Korea executed homosexuals, believing that they are influenced by capitalism. It has been reported that North Korea executed homosexuals, believing that they are influenced by capitalism. believes homosexuals are "influenced by capitalism".

Revision by im_h_DEACTIVATED

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NoteKuzey Kore'nin kapitalizmden etkilendiklerine inanarak e?cinselleri infaz etti?i bildirildi. It has been reported that North Korea executed homosexuals, believing that they are influenced by capitalism.

It has been reported that North Korea executed homosexuals, believing that they are influenced by capitalism.
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Kuzey Kore'nin kapitalizmden etkilendiklerine inanarak e?cinselleri infaz etti?i bildirildi. It has been reported that North Korea executed homosexuals, believing that they are influenced by capitalism. It has been reported that North Korea executed homosexuals, believing that they are influenced by capitalism.

Revision by im_h_DEACTIVATED

Old Value New Value
Value(REMOVED)Illegal (death penalty as punishment)
Value SpecialAmbiguous(REMOVED)
NoteContrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing.

(Date shown is date of North Korean statehood.)
Kuzey Kore'nin kapitalizmden etkilendiklerine inanarak e?cinselleri infaz etti?i bildirildi.
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Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood.) Kuzey Kore'nin kapitalizmden etkilendiklerine inanarak e?cinselleri infaz etti?i bildirildi.
Sourceshttps://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html
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https://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/ https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/news/nation/2011/09/182_95702.html

Revision by danlev

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NoteContrary to popular belief, homosexuality is not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood), there are however claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing.Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing.

(Date shown is date of North Korean statehood.)
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Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood), there are however claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing. technically not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. There are, however, claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood.)
Reports (2)
  • Status is not correct "Legal."
  • Status is not correct "it's not ambiguous, homosexuality is legal. the societal attitude towards gay relationships is the only reason this is labeled "ambiguous," which is not something applied to other countries on equaldex. it should say "legal.""

Revision by danlev

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ValueLegal(REMOVED)
Value Special(REMOVED)Ambiguous

Revision by maddyksf

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Value(REMOVED)Legal
Value SpecialAmbiguous(REMOVED)
Reports (1)
  • Status is not correct

Revision by DuffdeNecker

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ValueLegal(REMOVED)
Value Special(REMOVED)Ambiguous
Reports (1)
  • Newer law has been passed

Revision by DuffdeNecker

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NoteContrary to popular belief, homosexuality is not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood)Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood), there are however claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing.
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Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood) statehood), there are however claims that it is de-facto illegal, but this has no official backing.

Revision by DuffdeNecker

Old Value (Original) New Value
Value(REMOVED)Legal
Value SpecialAmbiguous(REMOVED)
NoteNorth Korea claims that all citizens are treated equally regardless of sexual orientation however, the realities of being LGBT in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is unclear. Date shown is the North's declaration of statehood.Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood)
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North Korea claims that all citizens are treated equally regardless of sexual orientation however, the realities of being LGBT in the Democratic People\'s Republic of Korea is unclear. Date shown is the North\'s declaration of statehood. Contrary to popular belief, homosexuality is not against the law in North Korea, however, North Korea is a sexually conservative country, and this applies to sexuality anywhere on the spectrum. Overt shows of affection by anyone of any sexual orientation tend to be frowned upon. (Date shown is date of North Korean statehood)
Sourceshttp://www.sgn.org/sgnnews39_51/page1.cfmhttps://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/
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http://www.sgn.org/sgnnews39_51/page1.cfm https://www.youngpioneertours.com/lgbt-north-korea/
Reports (5)
  • Status is not correct "Homosexuality in North Korea is Legal"
  • Status is not correct "There are protections against discrimination. They follow communist theory meaning discrimination against people that should be equal is not allowed. Don’t spread imperialist propaganda."
  • Status is not correct "North Korea punish homosexuals in death for anti-capitalism law."
  • Status is not correct "Homosexual in North Korea is Death Penalty. ????? ???? ????? ?? ????? ??? ???."
  • Status is not correct

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