Starting on July 7th, Korean members of the LGBT community have been out celebrating in full force, with talks, events, a huge parade that just took place last Saturday, and a queer film festival, all celebrating LGBT pride in Korea and all around the world.

Entering its 18th year, the Korea Queer Culture Festival (also known as KQCF) kicked off ten days ago in Seoul. When it first started in the year 2000, only 50 people attended — and this year, even for the parade alone, it is estimated that over 50,000 came out to lend their voices to the struggle for equality for all people, regardless of sexual preference or gender.

The National Human Rights Commission of Korea also participated in the festivities, the first for a government body. So did almost 100 human rights groups, companies, embassies of countries around the world, and pro-LGBT organizations, who all attended to promote the rights of the LGBT community in Korea.

Cheers to all those who have been celebrating in Korea for the last ten days!

Korea Queer Culture Festival, 2017

Gain, from Brown Eyed Girls, surprised attendees with an unannounced performance.

the U.S. Embassy shows its support.