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Saying yes to sexual minorities
Kim Hee-won  |  dandy_1224@hotmail.com
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The social atmosphere in Korea towards sexual minorities is not open and accepted. In terms of everyday lives and legislative terms, they are still receiving many disadvantages from not being able to benefit from fundamental human rights. The only law that acknowledges the sexual minorities as a part of a community member is the National Human Rights Commission Act. Even in regards to this law, however, there exist obstinate counterforces demanding the removal of the contents on sexual minorities. Likewise, they are being excluded from society both visibly and invisibly. Constitutional rights and freedom of the minorities should be enacted to guarantee basic human rights.

A survey compiled by the National Human Rights Commission of Korea indicates that 76% of society agrees that the human rights of the sexual minorities are not assured. Laws preventing discrimination against the sexual minorities are not only confined to themselves, but deal with the matter of all minorities. It is a fundamental law that realigns the policies and systems in a society based on egalitarian principles. We are a permanent member of the UN Human Rights Council and must therefore act in a suitable manner. Assuring sexual minorities’ rights is the first step toward protecting the rights of all human kind. Our society should not disregard the reality of minorities suffering from unjustifiable discrimination.

It is an absurd argument that once the law preventing discrimination against the sexual minorities is passed, it could form a social atmosphere forcing even heterosexuals to become homosexuals. The purpose of this law is to appreciate our differences and acknowledge them, not to compete with those who are in the dominant position between homosexuals and heterosexuals. It is not an argument that we should form a surrounding that could create more homosexuals, but provide the least fundamental rights to maintain their lives.The appealing point of equality is that no one gets unfair discrimination, no matter what circumstances people are facing.

We not only the require the enactment of law, but also in the process of enacting the law, deliberate and definite inspection at how the sexual minorities are being discriminated in both visible and in-visible terms is needed. The social atmosphere can only be altered through recognizing discrimination in the position receiving sense of shame and fear.< 저작권자 © 중앙헤럴드 무단전재 및 재배포금지 >

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