Yun Hyon-seok

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Yun Hyok-seok (Hangul: 윤현석; Hanja: 尹賢碩, October 7, 1984 – April 26, 2003) was a South Korean activist, poet and writer. He fought for human rights, civil rights, LGBT rights and peace. His nickname was Yook Woo Dang (Hangul: 육우당; Hanja: 六友堂[1]), which means "six friends". He wrote using the names Sulheon (설헌, 雪軒) and Midong (미동, 美童, "Beauty Boy"), Donghwa (동화, 童花, Boy's flower), Roman Catholic baptismal name is Antonio.

Yun was born in Incheon. His family is Catholic.[2] He later moved to Seoul. While he was a student, he began writing and poetry. In March 2000, he started going to Incheon Seil high school. At high school, he came out as gay. This made him isolated from his classmates.[3] By November 2002, he left high school. He began living in a neighbourhood of Dongdaemun District of Seoul.[2]

Yun's nickname, Yook Woo Dang, means "six friends". It refers to alcohol, tobacco, sleeping pills, foundation make-up, green tea and rosary beads.[4] His penname Sulheon came from Heo Chohui's nickname Nanseolheon. Heo Chohui was a female poet and painter during the Joseon dynasty in Korea.

In 2002 and 2003, Yun became an activist for human rights and peace. In March 2003, he was a conscientious objector to South Korea's conscription military service.[2] But his opinions did not matter to some Koreans, because of his sexuality. In early April 2003, some South Korean Christian organisations gave a statement against homosexuality.[5] Yun spoke out against this and wrote an article to some South Korean newspapers and the foreign press.

In April 26, 2003, Yun committed suicide, in Dongdaemun in Seoul.[6] He hanged himself.[7][8] He did it to protest discrimination against gay people in South Korea.[9][10]

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  • Let My Spirit Rain Down as Flower Petals (내 혼은 꽃비 되어)
  • Diary of Yook Woo Dang (육우당일기) (not published)

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