This week read about people protesting to stop homophobic attacks in Madrid, and LGBT students facing isolation and maltreatment in South Korea.
Protests Rise Against Homophobic Attacks In Madrid
After a spate of homophobic crimes that have rocked Spain in recent months, hundreds of people rallied in downtown Madrid to demand stronger protections for LGBT rights.
People held rainbow flags and placards that said "justice," "touch one of us, touch all of us," and "we are being killed."
"We are here to protest against the continuous homophobic attacks and the constant aggressions that happen weekend after weekend," said protester Gabriel Escribano to Reuters.
According to the Interior Ministry, hate crimes have been increasing at a rate of about 9% per year since 2014. This comes after Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez convened an emergency meeting of ministries, community leaders, and police to discuss ways to minimize them.
Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska Gómez said hate crimes were on the rise and becoming more violent.
South Korean LGBT Students Face Discrimination
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According to a research report by the Human Rights Watch and Yale Law School's Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic, young lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in South Korea face isolation and maltreatment in schools.
According to the Human Rights Watch, the 76-page report, “'I Thought of Myself as Defective': Neglecting the Rights of LGBT Youth in South Korean Schools,” found bullying and harassment, a lack of confidential mental health support, exclusion from school curricula, and gender identity discrimination are all major concerns for LGBT students.
“LGBT students often face bullying and discrimination in the classroom in South Korea, from adults as well as from other students,” said Ryan Thoreson, an LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Without clear protections, many students suffer in silence at the expense of their education and well-being.”