Military gay dating
President Barack Obama repealed "Don't Ask Don't Tell," a policy that said gay men and women could serve in the military as long as they kept their sexuality a secret.
If they were open about their sexuality, they faced being kicked out.
But in South Korea, where points out being gay is not widely accepted, people who violate the military's ban on "homosexual acts" face arrest and a potential prison sentence of up to two years — even though all able-bodied men in Korea are required to serve in the country's military.
While some legal experts said the ban hasn't been strictly enforced, the Military Human Rights Center said in a statement the law puts South Korea in line with countries that torture people based on their sexuality.“If military personnel who served without any problem are forced to be dishonorably discharged and sent to prison due to their sexual orientation, it is hard to distinguish Korea from the worrisome countries where homosexuals are detained, tortured and executed,” the Military Human Rights Center of Korea said in a statement.
On Monday (April 17), the center released screenshots of in-app conversations dated Feb.
15 showing a discussion between two soldiers about exchanging photos and which military units they serve in.
He is one of the 15 men that the MHRCK is supporting in the case, out of the 40 to 50 men that the organization suspects are on the blacklist.
You should know that’s nonsense; all you’ll end up doing is outing yourself as gay.”According to the MHRCK, this anonymous soldier did appoint a lawyer and decided to tell the world about the plight of gay soldiers in South Korea.
On gay.com, for example, you can be completely anonymous. There are two other popular pages whose members belong to highly closeted demos: African-Americans and older Americans. Members of the most closeted groups use the most blatantly open website to meet each other.
You don't have to put your real name or what you do or who your friends are. So the only people who join Facebook's gay dating pages are people who are so far out of the closet they can't find their shoes.
MHRCK alleges that prosecutors coerced a soldier, already under investigation, into approaching another officer on an app widely used by gay and bisexual men in order to extract information about the officer’s name, rank and military unit.
MHRCK also unveiled a leaked guideline from the High Army Prosecutors’ Office dated March 23 that urges “strict handling of same-sex sex acts to prevent a proliferation of soldier-on-soldier sodomy.” The center said that army chief of staff Jang Jun-kyu ordered the search, with about 40 to 50 soldiers identified so far as being homosexual.