Pride and Shame
From Seoul Metropolitan Library, here's an overview of the festival, with the Christian protesters to the right.
That cluster of colourful signs and umbrellas in the lower middle, that would be the good ol' Raelians.
And there are the Christians.
Not sure what this is, but it's incredibly disrespectful to let a flag touch the ground.
Still trying to choose the best one.
This one is good except for how the Plaza Hotel looks crooked.
Well, I guess if the Christians have flags laid out on the ground, maybe it's not so disrespectful after all?
Fun fact, the newly appointed US Ambassador Harry Harris was across the street mingling at the US Embassy booth for Seoul Queer Festival.
A quick look at the rooftop entourage, mostly reporters and festival organisers.
I've started to see this message gaining traction. It's clever but still idiotic.
I parked my scooter behind all these bikes, and decided I better leave before they start moving. I wanted to get ahead of them to set up for taking photos. It was probably good I had the bright yellow Besbi rather than the previous silver Beaver for this, so I could fit in a little better.
The streets are cleared and the police are ready.
Police are deployed along the parade route.
I got up onto a subway vent, and this old guy got up next to me.
The police came over and confronted him, clearly worrying he would do something when the parade came through.
While that was happening, about 50-100 younger people ran into the street and fell down in the middle of the road in a big pile, possibly the gayest thing I saw happen all day.
I returned to the vent just as they were marching off my future husband.
I took it pretty serious being up here, making sure the vent didn't flood with too many people and encouraging people to stand or sit on the edge, cautious not to repeat history when a similar grate collapsed during a K-pop concert in Pangyo and 17 people died (the article says 16 but later an organiser committed suicide).
Behind the camera man is a crowd in the street as cops try to extract the pile.
I've seen this nutbag before, carrying around some very bizarre signs that are hard not so much to translate, but to interpret.
Just my luck, he would take position near me. This sign seems to indicate all of Korea's past dictators and most recent two conservative leaders as Japanese collaborators or benefitting from the occupation.
This sign indicates the figures pictured as pro-Japanese collaborators tracing back to the 1905 Eulsa Treaty which turned Korea into a Japanese protectorate. For some reason when I put this text into Kakao Translate, one part of it gets incorrectly translated to "Religious Religious Religious Religious."
I'm inclined to by sympathetic, except adding Syngman Rhee is a bit blind. Sure his authoritarian presidency ended in shame, but the guy was an important leader of the Provisional Government of the ROK in Shanghai during the war, far from a collaborator. Curse you David Fields, look what you've turned me into!
Then a few protesters, basically fully clothed streakers, ran into the road and the police chased them down.
One buckaroo ran in wearing a cowboy hat.
The most inappropriate images I saw were on protesters' signs. The upper images I believe are at least four years old.
Interesting shirt choice.
The cops are ready. The one day of the year when I can say ACAB (All Cops Are Best).
More people are up on the vent and I'm telling them to avoid standing on the grate.
The police link arms. The parade is about to start.
Some of the people up here with me.
And yes, that protester is back.
Here come the Rainbow Riders.
Every older Korean man up here, I've got my eye on you.
I won't lie, I was always curious if I could have landed a jump over their heads. Obviously they would've mistaken me for a Christian and tackled me, however.
And the floats start arriving.
The guy next to me seemed to be enjoying himself. You can see how his sign works here, two poles with a banner in between them. He would get into the music, wave, and get attention, and then open the banner with a big "whump." And I was right next to him for pretty well the whole parade.
Later, I confirmed the white-haired marcher was indeed the inimitable Heezy.
I like how this picture turned out.
It seemed like there was more wedding imagery this year than there was three years ago.
One flag you never thought you'd see at a gay pride parade.
And two jailbird ex-presidents you never thought you'd see at one.
"My body is a battleground."
This needs to have fire coming out of it.
Whump. He nearly clouted me a few times, though I was always moving closer to him, trying to take away the space he had and add more diverse people on the ledge.
So yeah, that one weird guy also had North Korean flags. Ever thought you'd see not only the Japanese Imperial flag, as well as North Korean flags, at a gay pride parade?
His flags are North on one side, South on the other, a provocative statement I can't figure out.
There's some question whether his intent was to add these symbols to the bricolage of the parade to try to discredit it, but I have my doubts that he designed all his weird contraptions for that single reason.
Coincidentally, there was an anti-refugee rally sometime later this weekend, either later that night or the next day. There is a lot of overlap between LGBTQ rights, women's rights, and refugee rights.
Still at it.
Here comes my favourite religious cult by far.
"To believe one is heterosexual is an illusion."
Except here comes Jesus. Look busy, everybody!
Our great country our great bloodline until the end, for peaceful reunification there need to be no foreign interference. Something about water polo? I'm not fluent in Korean.
I had been standing between these two guys.
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