Supporters of sexual minorities will hold their controversial annual festival in downtown Seoul over the weekend, heralding a sharp confrontation with Christian and conservative groups that are strongly opposed to it. The 19th Korea Queer Festival will open at Seoul Plaza at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, the event's organizer said Thursday. "The festival saw only about 50 participants in 2000, when it was inaugurated, but some 50,000 last year and more expected this year," the organizer said. During the festival, about 100 booths will be set up for a variety of programs to welcome people, the organizer said. Ten foreign missions in the country, including the U.S. Embassy, will join the festival for lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people (LGBT).
July 12 / Yonhap News