This week, learn about people protesting to end homophobic attacks in Madrid and LGBT students facing isolation and abuse in South Korea.
Protests intensify against homophobic attacks in Madrid
After a spate of homophobic crimes that rocked Spain in recent months, hundreds of people have gathered in downtown Madrid to demand stronger protection of LGBT rights.
People were holding rainbow flags and signs that said “justice”, “touch one of us, touch us all” and “we are being killed”.
“We are here to protest the continued homophobic attacks and the constant assaults that occur weekend after weekend,” protester Gabriel Escribano told Reuters.
According to the Interior Ministry, hate crimes have increased at a rate of around 9% per year since 2014. This comes after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez called an emergency meeting of ministries, community leaders and the police to discuss ways to minimize them.
Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez said hate crimes were on the rise and becoming more violent.
South Korean LGBT students face discrimination
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According to a research report by Human Rights Watch and the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in South Korea face isolation and abuse in schools.
According to Human Rights Watch, the 76-page report, “I saw myself as flawed: Neglecting the rights of LGBT youth in South Korean schools,” revealed bullying and harassment, a lack of confidential mental health support, the exclusion from school curricula and gender identity discrimination are all major concerns for LGBT students.
“LGBT students are often victims of bullying and discrimination in the classroom in South Korea, from adults as well as other students,” said Ryan Thoreson, LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Without clear protections, many students suffer in silence at the expense of their education and well-being. “