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First openly gay K-pop idol Holland says he was attacked in Itaewon, called ‘a dirty gay’

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  • K-pop star Holland, whose real name is Go Tae-seob, said he was attacked and called “a dirty gay” in Seoul on Wednesday.
  • “Last night, I was walking around Itaewon with my manager and a friend. Suddenly, a stranger man approached me and hit me on the face twice, calling me ‘a dirty gay,’ Now I have a scar on my face and I’m going to the hospital soon,” the 26-year-old “Neverland” singer wrote in a tweet on Thursday.
  • “This should never happen to anybody in this world, no matter who you are,” he added. “I wish our world is filled with more love and hope rather than hate and violence.”
  • Holland, who became the first openly gay K-pop idol in South Korea in 2018, revealed during a livestream on March 24 that he now has a boyfriend who he wants to marry.

K-pop star Holland said he was attacked and called “a dirty gay” while walking around the city district of Itaewon in Seoul with his manager and a friend on Wednesday night.

Holland, whose real name is Go Tae-seob, wrote about the incident in a tweet on Thursday, showing the two cuts around his nose that he received from the attack.

Chantale Wong becomes first LGBTQ plus person of color, out lesbian confirmed as ambassador

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  • The Senate confirmed Chantale Wong as the director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday.
  • With the new role, Wong became the first out LGBTQ plus person of color as well as the first out lesbian with the rank of ambassador in the U.S.
  • Wong was nominated in July by President Joe Biden, who described her as “a leading authority in international development policy with over 30 years of experience in the multi-disciplinary field.”
  • Prior to her confirmation, Wong served as U.S. representative to the Asian Development Bank, CFO at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the budget director at NASA and acting budget director at the Treasury Department.
  • After she was confirmed to her new post, Wong wrote on Facebook, “It is with great pride and humility I will serve once again at the ADB and knowing the challenges ahead will be great. I am ready!”

Chantale Wong became the first out LGBTQ plus person of color and the first out lesbian to hold the rank of ambassador in the U.S. when she was confirmed as the director of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) on Tuesday.

The Senate confirmed Wong to the position by a vote of 66-31, several months after President Joe Biden nominated her for the post last July, reported the Advocate.

Indonesia’s Military to Kick Out Soldiers Discovered to Be Gay

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Indonesia’s military is set to sanction soldiers found to be members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transsexual or Transgender (LGBT) community. 

Issue of “morality”: On Thursday, Tentara Nasional Indonesia (TNI) spokesperson Col. Sus Aidil released a written statement highlighting the sanction and categorizing being a part of the LGBT community as immoral, reports Tempo.

Japan Airlines to Stop Using ‘Ladies and Gentlemen’ to Be More Gender-Inclusive

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Japan Airlines (JAL) will now address all its passengers with gender-inclusive alternatives to replace the customary “ladies and gentlemen” on its flights.

A positive step forward: Starting on Oct. 1, the airline will be using phrases like “attention all passengers” and “welcome, everyone” at airports worldwide to promote the inclusiveness of all genders, CNN Travel reported.

Homophobia on the Rise as Korea Reports 1,500 Exposed to COVID-19 in ‘Gay Clubs’

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Fears of discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community in South Korea made international headlines over the weekend after a man with COVID-19 unknowingly exposed at least 1,500 people to the virus while partying at “gay clubs” in Seoul.

Health authorities confirmed Thursday that the patient had visited five clubs in Itaewon, a neighborhood in the capital’s Yongsan district known for its bustling nightlife and thriving gay scene.