Queer K-pop: chorus grows for gay rights in Asia

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01/15/2020

Wearing bright bow ties and dark dress, a group of South Korean women belt out song after song about the joy and stigma of being gay – part of a growing clamor for LGBT+ rights in Asia. “Unnie Choir” sang about their struggles at a sold-out concert in the socially conservative nation, where homosexuality remains taboo despite rapid economic advances in recent decades. It is part of an expanding network of LGBT+ choirs across Asia, which use song to fight discrimination in a region where progress on gay and transgender rights is slow. “Through singing, we’re saying homosexuality exists. We just want to be ourselves,” said Chung Ui-jung, the music director and conductor of the 15-strong choir.

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