Soldier reveals how he faced the South Korean military’s gay witch hunt

South Korean Army witch hunt gay people

A soldier has detailed what happened to him after he was caught up in South Korea’s hunt for gay people in the military.

While same-sex activity is legal in the country, the military bans it under Article 92-6. The law says it is in order ‘to keep the military community sound’. However, South Korea has a mandatory two year draft for all able-bodied male citizens.

Those caught could be placed in prison for six months to two years.

Military officers are actively searching for gay and bisexual men. According to campaigners, this witch-hunt has continued since 2017.

An anonymous soldier told Agence France-Presse (AFP) that he faces legal action even after leaving the military because his relationship with another soldier was caught.

The 27-year-old told the site: ‘I worked very hard as an officer, but none of that mattered when I became a suspect.

‘There were days when I just wanted to die.’

A witch hunt since 2017

Authorities arrested 22 soldiers during a 2017 inquiry into homosexual activity in the army – including this soldier. They found messages on his partner’s phone.

Luckily, they charged him on his last month of service. This meant his case was transferred to a civilian court, where he was acquitted.

This makes him the first soldier charged under the military sodomy law to be found not guilty.

Prosecutors are appealing the decision, leaving him in legal and social limbo before his next hearing. This jeopardize his civilian job and his relationship with his family.

He added: ‘It is as if my entire existence was being denied. I should never have been charged… in the first place.’

A defense ministry official told AFP: ‘The ban needs to remain in place as it is required to maintain a sound and wholesome lifestyle and discipline in the military, which is a communal institution.’

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Author: Tom Capon

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Viewers praise ‘revolutionary’ gay sex scene in new Netflix show Special

'Revolutionary' gay sex scene in new Netflix show Special

Viewers can’t handle how cute the ‘revolutionary’ gay sex scene in new Netflix show Special is.

Netflix released eight episodes of its new show, featuring a young gay man living with cerebral palsy.

The series is based on the memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves (2015) by Ryan O’Connell. He also stars, writes, and executive produces the series.

During episode three, Ryan’s new friend Kim encourages him to enlist the help of a sex worker in having sex for the first time.

Ryan reluctantly agrees.

The encounter starts off super awkwardly, with Ryan kneeing Shea (played by Brian Jordan Alvarez) in the face.

But things take a sweet and sexy turn when they end up having sex.

After they’re done, Shea cuddles Ryan to sleep, as Ryan smiles with a the biggest cheeky grin.

Gay sex scene from new Netflix show, Special

New Netflix show, Special. | Photo: Screenshot / Netflix

Ryan O’Connell: ‘That sex scene was my baby’

‘Well, that scene was really really important to me,’ O’Connell told Out. ‘That sex scene was my baby.

‘I have been really frustrated about the lack of representation of gay sex in film and TV [and] I don’t understand why anal sex has not been normalized or depicted for what it is.

‘I also wanted to make sure that Ryan losing his virginity was a nice, tender scene and that I was not traumatized.

‘When something is so common in your life and you don’t see it every in TV or film, I get really frustrated. I’m like, “Why is this so groundbreaking? This is something that tons of people experience!” he said.

As soon as the show dropped, viewers began praising the scene for its frank and honest portrayal of sex.

One viewer said: ‘Ep 3 with @brianjoralvarez as a sex worker is a stand out. Sweet and charming.’

Another tweeted: ‘What a beauftiful show. Plus one of the best gay sex scenes I’ve ever seen. Respectful, sweet and so damn bold my jaw dropped.’

Then another wrote: ‘The scene in #SpecialNetflix with @brianjoralvarez sex worker character and @ryanoconn is incredibly sweet, charming and beautiful. We need more stories that navigate the intersection of queer sex with race, class, disability, and gender with kindness and care.’

You can watch all eight episodes of Special on Netflix now.

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Author: James Besanvalle

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Celine Dion sets the record straight about rumored dancer lover

CEline Dion pepe munoz romance gay dancer

For weeks, the internet rumor mills romantically linked Celine Dion to dancer Pepe Munoz. The pair have spent a lot of time together recently.

There’s only one problem with this rumor: Munoz is gay.

The iconic singer set the record straight about their supposed romance as she announces her first world tour in over a decade. The back up dancer is, in fact, her friend.

Talking to Extra, the My Heart Will Go On singer said: ‘At first, I felt for him quite a bit. Pepe is gay, and at first I think some people did not know that.

‘The thing is that he’s my best friend and we dance together and he did so much for me and even just holding my hand… it’s something that I haven’t had for a long time… A hug from a 6″ 3′ man, it was wonderful… and people really thought there was a romance going on.’

Dion’s husband, René Angélil, died in 2016 from cancer. The pair were married for 22 years.

So throughout, Munoz has just been Dion’s rock through the hard times. The pair are often seen out together and are clearly very close.

World Tour

The star has announced a World Tour, but the dates released so far are only in North America. She will be starting in Quebec City, Canada, on 18 September, before heading to two other Canadian cities. The rest of the tour will be in the US, ending in Las Vegas.

Her residency in Vegas is ending in June.

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Author: Tom Capon

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