Maybe I'm being oversensitive, but I wish they wouldn't have titled the KT article "Gay Actor Found Dead in Apparent Suicide," just as I wish they wouldn't have titled the article on Jang Chae-won "Transgender Commits Suicide." Those lifestyles are certainly uncommon in the media in South Korea, hence the interest I suppose. But the titles show an obsession with the celebrity's quote-unquote deviant sexuality, and ironically draw attention, unintentional perhaps, to significant contributors to their deaths. Anyway, a little from the above article:
Police said his suicide reflects public prejudice toward gay people and their difficulty in succeeding in the entertainment industry.
Following the announcement of his sexual orientation, Kim's management agency did not renew his contract and many TV programs and fashion shows cancelled his appearances. His blog was bombarded with numerous messages denouncing his sexual orientation.
``He underwent many professional and personal difficulties following his coming-out,'' Kim's mother said during police questioning.
Hong Seok-chun, Kim's aide and also homosexual, said, ``Like me, he suffered from numerous discriminations against him.''