Don’t Release Identities of LGBTQ Coronavirus Victims

Target: Park Neung-hoo, Health and Welfare Minister, South Korea

Goal: Don’t publicly “out” LGBTQ coronavirus victims through tracking.

As new coronavirus cases pop up throughout South Korea, centered mainly around the nation’s LGBTQ communities, victims of the virus worry that they will be publicly outed. In a nation where being gay or transgender is still seen as “taboo,” members of the LGBTQ community face discrimination and even job loss. Demand that their identities be protected.

Twenty-nine new cases of coronavirus in Seoul are linked to the city’s LGBTQ nightclubs. Tracking is being used to  help locate those individuals who may have been exposed to the disease. However, along with tracking comes the disclosure of private patient information and whereabouts. Publicly outing an individual could be devastating.

Demand that the government of South Korea protect the LGBTQ community by not releasing their private information and by not publicly outing them. The government should encourage individuals to get tested for COVID-19 without fear of backlash or discrimination. If this is not the case, a second wave of coronavirus may be likely.


Dear Minister Neung-hoo,

As South Korea faces a possible second wave of coronavirus, it is vital that individuals be tested and kept safe. However, thousands of citizens are afraid to come forward due to the fear of being outed as gay or transgender. The LGBQT community experiences severe discrimination in South Korea. With the rise of COVID-19, they now face twice the danger.

The LGBQ community fears that they will be publicly outed if they come forward for testing or tracing. They may face job loss and even violence as a result. Ensure your citizens that their private information will be kept safe. Only by encouraging testing can your nation fight the spread of COVID-19. It is your duty to protect the health and privacy of all citizens, regardless of their race, gender, or sexual orientation.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Government of South Korea

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