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

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #24 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(26%) Against
Support (54%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #22 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(45%) Disagree
Agree (46%)

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #72 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(79.6%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (20.4%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #49 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(61.4%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (7.5%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #39 out of 74 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(40%) Disagree
Agree (22.7%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)

Ranked #24 out of 34 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(53%) No
Yes (44%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)

Ranked #21 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June, 2013)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(59%) No
Yes (39%)

By The Numbers

15.85%
of Koreans would feel comfortable with a family member that is a homosexual person
39.27%
of Koreans would feel comfortable making friends with a homosexual person
45.12%
of Koreans would be comfortable working with a homosexual person
10.15%
of Koreans know a Korean LGBT person
74.15%
do not
15.7%
unsure
58%
of Koreans oppose same-sex marriage
34%
support same-sex marriage
8%
undecided
(Gallup Korea, 2017)
90%
of Koreans said they supported equal employment opportunities for LGBT people
(Gallup Korea, 2017)

History

Homosexual activity in South Korea

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Homosexual activity in South Korea is legal.

Current status
Since Apr 22, 2003
Legal
Added by bradcoffey106  ·  5 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Until -0001
Ambiguous
personal actuvity is not illegal (no law). but no permission to incorporate LGBTI group
Added by ralphrii  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Same-sex marriage in South Korea

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Same-sex marriage in South Korea is unrecognized.

Current status
Since Aug 15, 1948
Unrecognized
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in South Korea

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in South Korea is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Right to change legal gender in South Korea

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Right to change legal gender in South Korea is legal, but requires surgery.

Current status
Since Mar 22, 2013
Legal, but requires surgery
Transgender persons are permitted to change their gender without having had sexual reassignment surgeries.
Added by vviet93  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

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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LGBT discrimination in South Korea

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LGBT discrimination in South Korea is no protections.

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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LGBT employment discrimination in South Korea is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Jan 1, 2016
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Full discrimination protection including aggravated conditions since 2016.
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LGBT housing discrimination in South Korea

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LGBT housing discrimination in South Korea is sexual orientation and gender identity.

Current status
Since Aug 15, 1948
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Full discrimination protections.
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Same-sex adoption in South Korea

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Same-sex adoption in South Korea is married couples only.

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.
Added by bradcoffey106  ·  1 accurate vote  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Aug 15, 1948–Sep 4, 2018
Married couples only
Legalization pending.
Added by Ausyk  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Homosexuals serving openly in military in South Korea

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in South Korea is illegal.

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.
Added by bradcoffey106  ·  3 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

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.
Added by Ausyk  ·  2 accurate votes  ·  Report Error  ·  Log

Blood donations by MSMs in South Korea

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Blood donations by MSMs in South Korea is banned (1-year deferral).

Current status
Banned (1-year deferral)
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Conversion therapy in South Korea

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Conversion therapy in South Korea is not banned.

Current status
Not banned
Not criminalized anywhere in South Korea.
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Equal age of consent in South Korea

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Equal age of consent in South Korea is equal.

Current status
Equal
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