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South Korean senior official’s endorsement of gay conversion therapy sparks resignation calls

  • Kim Seong-hoi, the newly-appointed religion and multicultural secretary of South Korea, faced major backlash for his apparent endorsement of gay conversion therapy.
  • Kim was initially criticized for his 2019 Facebook post, in which he described homosexuality as “a type of mental illness.”
  • He faced further backlash for his post on Tuesday, in which he added that “some people have innate homosexual tendencies, but in many cases, I think people mistake their learned habits as natural qualities.”
  • Kim is a senior official under conservative President Yoon Suk-yeol, who was sworn into office on Tuesday.
  • The Rainbow Action Against Sexual Minority Discrimination of Korea also responded, calling for Kim’s resignation and stating that “it has already been confirmed that the so-called conversion therapy is unscientific and goes against international human rights law.”

Kim Seong-hoi, the newly-appointed religion and multicultural secretary of South Korea, faced major backlash for his apparent endorsement of gay conversion therapy.  

Kim was initially criticized for his 2019 Facebook post, in which he described homosexuality as “a type of mental illness.”