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Opinion

South Korea must fight the homophobia hindering coronavirus battle

LGBTQ clubbers exposed to COVID-19 are afraid to come forward and get tested

| South Korea
Quarantine officers spray disinfectants at a night club in Itaewon on May 12.   © Yonhap/Reuters

Raphael Rashid is a Seoul-based freelance journalist who covers human rights and minority issues in South Korea.

"Coronavirus carrier attends gay club in Itaewon." This headline in South Korean newspaper Kukmin Ilbo blew up online shortly after being published early on May 7.

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