More Videos Gay North Korean defector speaks out Story highlights Jang Yeong-jin defected to South Korea in He was driven to leave the North by the difficulties of living there as a gay man. Throughout their marriage, he felt guilty and confused, ashamed that he was, in his words, "ruining one woman's life.
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CNN On a brightly lit stage, two male K-pop stars with glowing skin and perfectly coiffed hair are nibbling either end of the same long, chocolate stick. More Videos What is it like to be gay in South Korea? As the stick gets smaller and smaller, they get closer and closer -- and eventually a fellow K-pop idol pulls them into a kiss. In South Korea's glitzy, highly manufactured music industry, these kinds of scenes are not uncommon. As long as it's only for show, that is.
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The tiny nation of Brunei recently caused international outrage when it enacted draconian laws making gay sex a capital crime. Whether Brunei will keep its word remains to be seen, but the small country on the island of Borneo near Malaysia is not the only nation where gay men and women are being persecuted. Sharia law is the fundamental religious concept of Islam. Same-sex sexual activity is a crime in 70 countries. Some of them, including six nations that are members of the United Nations, impose the death penalty.
Heads up! If you're new to the LGBT community and feeling a little shy, don't. Come visit some of Seoul's best gay bars, dance clubs, and pubs in Seoul to drink, dance and meet people. The community may be a bit smaller but it's full of hot, young and interesting people that want to get to know you too!