Seoul University, South Korea’s top ranked school, elected a lesbian woman for student president. Kim Bo-mi, a 23-year old consumer and child studies major, came out as gay in a campaign speech.
“I want the world to be a place in which people who work hard do not suffer. I want this to be a world in which no one has to fit under a label of what is ‘normal.’ I want this to be a world in which people can love themselves for who they are and in which they can live confidently. That’s why I am telling you. I’m a lesbian.”
Kim used to be vice president of the student body, advocating for student and civil rights. She believes: “The fact that I’m a lesbian is just another piece of who I am. The things I believe in, the things I’ve done as vice president, and the things I want to accomplish in the future — those things will not change.”
Bo-mi’s campaign slogan was “Moving as One Toward Diversity.”
After Bo-mi came out, students flocked to polls, even though South Korea remains a very conservative, not gay friendly country. In a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, only 39% people believed that society should be accepting of LGBT individuals. However, we certainly believe Kim Bo-mi’s election was a step in the right direction.