South Korean actor throws open closet door: After a brutal reaction to his coming out, Hong Seok-cheon decided to fight back. Slowly, especially from the young, he and other gays are gaining more acceptance.
Hong had played a character with a fuzzy sexual orientation in the since-canceled sitcom “Three Men, Three Women,” and in 2000 a talk-show host asked if he preferred men in real life. Hong took a deep breath and responded: Yes.
Cut! The producers halted taping and dropped the segment, worried about the danger to Hong’s career. He was soon contacted by a magazine that had heard about the studio episode. Hong consented to an interview and then told his manager and parents. His mother and father cried. Stone-faced, his manager said Hong was committing professional suicide.
Photo: Hong Seok-cheon, 41, is an out-of-the-closet gay man who has spoken about what it’s like to be a pariah in a conservative society where 77% of South Koreans in one poll said they believed that “homosexuality should be rejected.” Credit: Matt Douma / For The Times
“Your honor, I can answer the question but I can not give an accurate answer if the only two choices are yes and no. If you give me a sentence I can answer. One sentence is all I’m asking for.”
“8”: Play about the Fight for Marriage Equality
Featuring an all-star cast including George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Martin Sheen, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Lynch, Kevin Bacon and others, “8” is a play written by Academy Award winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black and directed by acclaimed actor and director Rob Reiner. It is a powerful account of the case filed by the American Federation for Equal Rights (AFER ) in the U.S. District Court in 2010 to overturn Proposition 8 [LINK], a constitutional amendment that eliminated the rights of same-sex couples to marry in the state of California. Framed around the trial’s historic closing arguments in June 2010, 8 provides an intimate look what unfolded when the issue of same-sex marriage was on trial.
It’s astounding that actual people said these things in court.