CNN On a brightly lit stage, two male K-pop stars with glowing skin and perfectly coiffed hair are nibbling either end of the same long, chocolate stick. More Videos What is it like to be gay in South Korea? As the stick gets smaller and smaller, they get closer and closer -- and eventually a fellow K-pop idol pulls them into a kiss. In South Korea's glitzy, highly manufactured music industry, these kinds of scenes are not uncommon.
About a year back I did a feature on my experiences of being gay in Japan. This was after spending a year abroad as an exchange student at a Japanese university which you can view here. To put it simply, being a gay foreigner in Seoul is pretty great. There is a great international community and the nightlife is out of this world. There are a few major gay neighborhoods in the greater Seoul which cater to a broad array of men and women.
Background Information Before the Korean war, any mention of sex was taboo in Korean society, and the climate remained hostile to frank discussions of sexuality under the postwar military governments. Public discourse on sexuality has really only started to emerge in the last few years, the first Korean college textbook on human sexuality was published in , but still there is very little hard information available about sexuality in Korea. Many of the old patriarchal rape myths are widely believed.
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