note : I believe that anyone interested in Korea can at least speak (understand) English… if you can’t speak Korean, that is. I didn’t see this news being covered by many sites, so I just thought I would do it here. My English is far from being perfect, however, if you really don’t speak English (or barely to understand what I’m typing right now), I’m more than willing to write also in French, just let me know in the comment section.
note : je pense que quiconque s’intéresse à la Corée, sans parler coréen, a nécessairement besoin de parler un peu anglais pour avoir accès à un maximum d’informations. Cependant, si vous êtes Français et lisez ces quelques lignes et êtes intéressé par ce qui est dit dans cet article, n’hésitez pas à me le dire en commentaire et je proposerai une version en français.
A quick recap : a lot of big celebrities are getting married this year. Lee Byung Hun and Lee Min Jung tied the knot this past weekend. Lee Hyori and Lee Sang Soon, Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung are planning to get married this fall, but the one wedding people didn’t expect was film director Kim Jho Kwang Soo‘s. Why? Because he is gay. So, Korea doesn’t allow same-sex marriage, it doesn’t mean that homosexual couples won’t hold a ceremony with their close ones to show their committment. It’s all about the symbolism here, they’re are not legally married. This is the point of Kim Jho Kwang Soo and his fiancé Kim Seung Hwan (29), who happens to be 19 years younger than him. They know that their marriage won’t be recognized by Korean law and they want to figtht to have the same rights as heterosexual couples. However, they don’t want to be all aggressive or scary about it. They chose the “fun” approach. They plan to sing, dance… Really, from how they describe it, it looks like it will be the party of the year 2013 and they also plan to invite politicians and artists. Their message is as simple as “we’re all equals. You don’t have to be scared of me just because I’m a man (or a woman) who wants to share his (her) life with another man (woman).”
May 2013 : Kim Jho Kwang Soo holds a press conference to announce his upcoming wedding AND introduce his boyfriend to the public. He never made it a mystery that he was in a relationship, but this was the first time his boyfriend’s name and pictures were released. (off topic : I believe that Seo Taiji revealing his relationship with an actress this very same day kind of killed Kim Jho Kwang Soo’s buzz)
June 2013 : they hold their wedding photoshoot. Their main objective is for people not to be defined by what society tells them to be according to their sex. So they had a tuxedo-tuxedo shot, a dress-tuxedo shot, a tuxedo-dress shot and a dress-dress shot… And of course, some more candid pictures in their daily clothes.
August 2013 : they hold another press conference to announce their wedding guests… The more, the merrier, so they invited 1,000 people which is, by the way, about 100 more than Lee Byung Hyun and Lee Min Jung’s wedding. Are invited film directors such as Bong Jun Ho, Byeon Young Joo, Jang Sung Woo, Ryu Seung Hwan, Kim Tae Yong, Lim Soon Rye, novelists like Gong Ji Young, Park Hyun Suk, actor Yeon Woo Jin, actresses like Ye Ji Won, So Yoo Jin or Kim Kkot Bi. Are also invited Baek Ki Wan, head of the Research Institute for Unification, Hong Se Hwa, former leader of the Progress Party, manhwaga Park Jae Dong, poets Kim Sun Woo and Lee Si Young, Pyo Chang Won (former teacher at the Korea National Police University), Dr. of Psychiatry Jung Hye Sin, Minister of Sumdol Presbyterian Church Lim Bora, Lawyers Park Joo Min, Lee Sang Hee, Jang Seo Yeon.
Kim Jho Kwang Soo and Kim Seung Hwan will use the money given as wedding gifts to create an LGBT center. It will be the first in Korea.
Kim Jho Kwang Soo’s wedding, called the “righteous wedding, on a great day”, was supposed to be held at the Cheongkye-cheon Kwangtong Bridge, but they didn’t receive the permission to do so, so it will take place on September 7th at the Cultural Action Center (문화연대 문화정책센터).
On August 12th, Kim Jho Kwang Soo filmed a video teaser for his wedding, but it’s very hot right now in Korea (and it’s not the kind of “so hot but I can handle it”, it really knocks you out) and, judging from his Twitter account, it took longer than what was planned, so when they moved to the next location for the flashmob they had invited people to join, not a lot of people showed up… Ah well, the most important day will be September 7th.