UPDATE: VICTORY! Seoul Student Rights Ordinance Passed with Sexual Orientation Gender Identity Clauses Included

The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission received  good news in the following letter  from Jihyye Kim  telling us of victory for LGBT Students in Korea.

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 “We won the Seoul Student Rights Ordinance with all Sexual Orientation Gender Identity (SOGI) related clauses in the original draft included! 

…It happened after the 6 days of protest of LGBT young people and activists, day and night. This is a significant progress in our LGBT history, because we fought face-to-face against the homophobic individuals and groups, including many members of the Council…   The Council had serious debates on sexual orientation/ gender Identity  (SOGI) issues in their plenary session for the first time in our history. One of the Council members read out UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's recent speech…  That was the moment that the voices of LGBT people began to be heard, and LGBT people's human rights recognized…

…We fought, and we won. We debated, and we taught people. And we know that it was all possible because of support from a lot of people—including the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission

(IGLHRC) and so many who participated in and passed along the petition and sent us support statements. Your message was delivered to the members of the Council. Truly, the whole process was more educational than just political, and we know that now we have a better ground to resume our work towards legislation of a broader anti-discrimination law, which previously failed in 2007.

I'd like to share a photo of the historical moment. It was so beautiful see the rainbow in front of the Council building. Now we see the change of tones on LGBT people in the media. History has begun on our side. "

Thank you all for your wonderful support.

Best wishes,

Jihye Kim

LGBT Coalition for the Seoul Student Ordinance