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Comeback for gay TV star.

When popular entertainer Hong Suk-chon came out three years ago, his career as a South Korean television star quickly ended. Now the 32-year-old is back as an openly gay character on a new TV soap, and his return is being hailed as a sign that the conservative country is opening up to homosexuality.

"I don't know about the older generation, but there seems to be less abhorrence against homosexuals compared to the past," said Jung Yol, head of the Lesbian and Gay Human Rights Federation.

On the soap opera Complete Love, Sukchon plays a gay designer. "I am so happy and afraid," he told the Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo regarding his return.
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Title Annotation:South Korea; Hong Suk-chon
Publication:The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:9SOUT
Date:Nov 11, 2003
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