This project aims to raise awareness on LGBTAIQ workers' rights within the queer community and workplaces in South Korea. Solidarity for LGBT Human Rights of Korea plan to interview queer-identified workers and collect discrimination cases. Alongside with these peer-to-peer activities, the project includes community education (e.g., holding workshops and publishing guiding materials) on queer people's labor rights for the broader field of labor activism.
Queer-identified workers are subject to social discrimination and prejudice in South Korea. Therefore, it is extremely hard for them to maintain a sense of self-integrity and be themselves at work. This also leads them to less safe workplaces where they can secure little formal protection of their rights. Despite the dire reality, there is little data or quality analysis on queer working experience.
We believe the change must start from the ground--workers' community spaces including workplaces, unions, and labor organizations. The project seeks to establish and continue our efforts to 1) discover and archive queer-identified workers' stories mostly by doing peer-to-peer interviews, 2) facilitate more opportunities for individual workers to gather and organize by hosting community events, 3) and move these community discussions to the broader societal level through workshops and publication
This project will have the most immediate and direct impact on those who participate in peer-to-peer interviews, community meetings, and workshops--i.e., members of the queer community and labor/union organizers. It will offer them living experience of speaking up and having their voices heard on labor rights issues, which will eventually give them a sense of empowerment. We expect this project to have a longer-term effect on education and research on the relevant matter.
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