Today, the LGBTQ+ community in Korea still fights the antiquated stigma and propaganda that equates “homosexuality with HIV/AIDS and HIV/AIDS with death.” This destructive misconception continues to fuel the discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community and people living with HIV/AIDS in Korea. To combat this, at the Sinnaneun Center we organize multiple awareness and outreach programs, including our annual PRIDE Gala that features: the PRIDE Awards, PRIDE Calendar, and the production of three, HIV/AIDS related, short films every year.
This year’s gala event was held on May 17 in conjunction with the International Day Against Homophobia. The PRIDE Award presented at the gala was given in recognition to those public figures and NGOs that fight for cultural diversity and the human rights of the LGBTQ+ community and PLWHA in Korea.
At Sinnaneun Center, we are optimistic that our extensive outreach programs are positive steps toward eradicating the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS. Our goal is to alter public perception on HIV/AIDS and improve the social and psychological well-being of PLWHA by enabling them to comfortably speak about and live with their condition. We fully dedicate our time to our cause, we will persist through the struggle, and continue breaking the enduring stigma from outside and inside the community.
Sinnaneun Center — Korea LGBTQ+ Culture Arts & Human Rights Center — is the first registered nonprofit corporate foundation in South Korea. The center aims to advocate respect for cultural diversity and for the fundamental human rights of the LGBTQ+ community including PLWHA, and promote cultural diversity of sexual minorities through artistic and cultural productions.
Sinnaneun Center has hosted the Seoul International PRIDE Film Festival, Fair, Gala, Academy, Stage, and more.