At a glance
Same-sex Relations for Men Legal Throughout the Country?
Same-sex Relations for Women Legal Throughout the Country?
Legal Gender Recognition Possible?
LGBTI Orgs Able to Register?
View more for this country:
In South Korea, the situation of LGBTIQ people is mixed. Same-sex relations are legal, and in 2022, the Supreme Court ruled that transgender people have the right to legal gender recognition, regardless of whether they have underage children. However, there is no legal recognition of same-sex couples, and trans people might be forced to undergo sterilization or surgery in order to change their legal gender markers. Several government officials in recent years have endorsed conversion practices toward LGBTIQ individuals. Public opinion is mixed, as surveys suggest that anti-LGBTIQ sentiments remain but that South Korean society is becoming more accepting. A large proportion of people in South Korea are Christian, making the religious community a politically influential group. There are no laws against discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, and conservative lawmakers and Christian anti-LGBTIQ groups have sought to block the passage of non-discrimination laws that would offer protection on grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. LGBTIQ organizations also face resistance from this conservative anti-LGBTIQ movement, which impacts their operations, and there are few public figures willing to show their support to the LGBTIQ community. Although the National Human Rights Commission Act states that "no individual is to be discriminated against based on his or her sexual orientation,” LGBTIQ people are still excluded from military service. However, in 2022, in a landmark victory for LGBTIQ advocates, the Supreme Court quashed the conviction of two men prosecuted under Article 92(6) of the 1962 Military Criminal Act, which punishes same-sex activity between soldiers with a penalty of up to two years of imprisonment. Despite this ruling, the law remains enacted.
Outright supports LGBTIQ organizations in Sub-Saharan Africa and works with mainstream human rights organizations to respect human rights and influence positive changes in laws, policies, attitudes and beliefs that cause discrimination against LGBTIQ people.
Our work at the United Nations centers around advocating for the advancement of the rights of LGBTIQ people.View this region
Our work in Asia promotes acceptance of sexual and gender diversity at all levels of society.View this region
Middle East and North Africa
In the Middle East and North Africa, we partner with local groups in various countries as part of our international solidarity work. We also work with our local partners on different topics through capacity building, advocacy, research and holistic security.
Europe and Central Asia
Outright International partners with activists to fight for an end to human rights violations based on sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression in Europe and Central Asia, where most of our work involves emergency responses to harassment, discrimination, violence, and most recently, Russia’s brutal and expanded invasion of Ukraine.
Our work in the Americas continues to build on the fundamental and positive transformation of human rights protections in recent years. We partner with groups in the Caribbean that focus on ending gender-based violence and eradicating discrimination against trans people.
Our work in the Pacific aims to increase the visibility of activists, respond to human rights emergencies, and actively bridge local, regional, and international activism to achieve equality and justice.
GlobalView this region
Human Rights Research
Since 1990, we have partnered with activists from all over the world to produce hundreds of groundbreaking reports.Read Our Reports