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LGBT+ South Koreans gird for Christian protests at pride event

Mayor Oh Se-hoon calls Seoul Queer Culture Festival 'undesirable'

Seoul Pride in 2019: This year's almost-canceled event was allowed to go ahead on the condition that participants do not expose themselves excessively. (Photo by Raphael Rashid)

SEOUL -- Tens of thousands of members of South Korea's LGBT+ community and their allies are expected to gather in Seoul's main plaza on Saturday in a show of solidarity and celebration of identity.

But this year's pride event was almost canceled after the Seoul municipal government tried to block it from taking place, highlighting what activists say are persistent obstacles and discrimination in a nation averse to LGBT+ rights.

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