1st Busan Queer Culture Festival to be Held September 23

The Busan Queer Cultural Festival Organizing Committee have announced that the 1st Busan Queer Festival will be held on September 23 at Gunam Plaza in Haeundae.

Preparations for the festival began in June, which is the third queer festival in the country, after Seoul and Daegu.

“The Busan Queer Culture Festival has selected the plaza, which is a large open space with a symbolic view of the sea, to make a festival that everyone can enjoy without discrimination and hate,” the organizers said.

The festival, which will be held on a Saturday, is to be divided into parades, booths and performances.

The parade, which is always a highlight of each pride festival worldwide, is meaningful for participants to walk the streets together and celebrate full freedom and equality without fear and stand up for sexual minorities in Korea.

Booths will also be set up around the Gunam area to introduce various groups related to gender minority human rights.

Though the Busan Queer Culture Festival is trying to create a festival for everyone who can enjoy without discrimination and hatred, the first festival will likely come under protest by some, as some local churches have already announced that they will actively try to stop the festival.

Religious groups have tried to block the parade at Seoul’s annual pride event for years by also holding anti-homosexuality protests, though thousands come out annually to celebrate and enjoy the festive atmosphere in record numbers each year.

Times for the events in Busan have not yet been announced.

For more information, you can join the group’s Facebook page.


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