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PRIDE! Don't Be Afraid to Be the First by Holland

Season 4 Episode 1

LGBTQ+ Pride season!

Our first episode will look at the essay, "Don't Be Afraid To Be The First" by Holland. This essay can be found in the anthology book We Can Do Better Than This: 35 Voices on the Future of LGBTQ+ Rights, edited by Amelia Abraham.

Holland is an openly gay KPop idol. Find out about the sociopolitical history of queerness in Korea and about Holland himself in this episode.

*I make a mistake at about 13:30 where I say that Holland is often described as the first Kpop idol. What I should have said was that he is often described as the first OUT Kpop idol! Oops. :)

Hong Seok Cheon (Tony Hong) on Not So Classy with Esna [YouTube]

Hong Seok Chon on Showterview with Jessi [YouTube]

Queer South Koreans Hope for an Anti-Discrimination Law to End Decades of Discrimination [Time]

South Korea’s transgender community pushes for recognition and acceptance [East Asia Forum]

How religion spurs homophobia in South Korean politics [Nikkei Asia]

South Korea's first transgender soldier posthumously wins case against the army over her 'illegal' discharge [Business Insider]

Anti-LGBTQ sentiment widespread in Korea: survey [The Korea Times]

Conservative churches ramp up attacks on student rights ordinance [The Korea Herald]

‘Now is the time to pass anti-discrimination law’ [The Korea Herald]

The Volatile Mix Of A South Korean Church, Politics And The Coronavirus [NPR]

Holland: More Than Meets The Eye [Rolling Stone India]

Holland Speaks Out After Suffering Homophobic Attack in Seoul: ‘I Want People to Recognize the Pain & the Courage’ [Billboard]

‘Ocean Likes Me’: First gay K-pop idol Holland cast with Han Gi-chan in BL K-drama [Meaww]

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