Urgent Call for Solidarity
From LGBT Activists of Seoul, Republic of Korea
[PETITION NEEDED BEFORE 15TH DEC 12:00 PM (NOON) Seoul Time (GMT+9)]
Clauses Prohibiting Discrimination Based on Sexual Orientation and
Gender Identity are in Danger of Deletion from the Original Draft of the “Seoul Student
Dear LGBT people and allies around the world,
Only a few days are left to make it happen. On December 16th, the Education
Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan
Council will be reviewing the original draft of the “Seoul Student
Rights Ordinance” established by the Residents Initiative Movement (a draft willingly signed by 97,702 citizens of
Seoul in a rare act of direct democracy) and making a decision as to whether they should pass the
bill into ordinance with or without its current clauses prohibiting
discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
decision that will be made by the Education Committee is crucial
because debate on the ordinance at the following Plenary Session of the
Seoul Metropolitan Council will more likely than not be affected by it.
There will be a much lesser chance for the clauses being passed then if they are
eliminated during the earlier decision on the 16th.
We need your help in convincing the Education Committee of the necessity and importance in keeping the clauses in the final version
of the ordinance. Your support for the original draft can prevent the "Seoul Student
Rights Ordinance" from becoming another discriminatory
document against the LGBT students of Seoul. Your solidarity with our
fight can prevent many LGBT students in our city from being beaten,
bullied, taken into correction therapy, or punished based on their sexual
orientation and gender identity. Your actions can help the LGBT students of Seoul obtain
proper protection and enjoy their basic rights at their schools.
The biggest obstacle in passing the LGBT rights-inclusive original draft is
the massive homophobic and transphobic pressure coming from
conservative right-wing Christian and parental groups, who have been a substantial threat to the committee members and may cause them to drop the ball during their decision making process.
prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender
identity have already been excluded once from the draft of the Advisory Committee of the Seoul Metropolitan Office of Education (SMOE). Although it was just barely restored into the final SMOE version, this draft ultimately did not make it to the discussion table of the Education Committee of Seoul Metropolitan Council because of strong backlash from the biased groups of fundamental Christians and certain parents.
So for now, our last hope is to keep the original draft of the Residents Initiative Movement. We, however, are again facing a similar situation of losing these uncompromisable
clauses. Not only do we stand to lose the clauses prohibiting discrimination based on
sexual orientation and gender identity, but the clauses
guaranteeing the freedom of reproduction, religion and assembly have also come under attack. Without these clauses, the "Seoul Student
Rights Ordinance" will become an ordinance not for the rights of but for
the discrimination against students in Seoul.
As one of the countries which voted in favor of the resolution “17/19
Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” adopted by the
United Nations Human Rights Council on June 2011, the Republic of Korea
has an obligation to undertake full responsibility for securing the rights of its LGBT people. As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, the Republic of Korea is also committed in the eyes of the international community towards inclusive and
comprehensive human rights. And it is an undeniable fact that LGBT rights are human rights.
No exception is acceptable from the Seoul
Metropolitan Council. As representatives of ALL the citizens of Seoul, the
elected members of the council must not ignore the
voices of the people from marginalized populations.
Please stand up and speak out with us Korean LGBT activists and pressure the Education Committee and the Seoul Metropolitan
Council to pass the original draft of the "Seoul Student Rights
Ordinance," which includes clauses prohibiting discrimination
based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Please tell them to
keep the current draft of the ordinance including every clause which clearly illustrates the type of discrimination that should be prohibited.
LGBT Coalition for Seoul Student Rights Ordinance
* Contacts *
Webpage: http://blog.lgbtact.org/tc/ (In Korean)
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Reply in English is available)
Twitter: @lgbtstu (In Korean)