Last month, a party commemorating the launch of LGBT magazine Duiro took place in the basement of the I.T.W. Hotel in Itaewon. After years of attending LGBT events in the darkest corners of Seoul, it felt intimidating to walk into a brightly lit and professionally administered official event by myself. But my worries disappeared as soon as I stepped into the party and the magazine staff greeted me warmly. The crowd was an energetic and optimistic one that included members of the LGBT community and their allies, who had all come together to celebrate the launch of Duiro, a term in Korean that means “backwards,” published by Appuro Press or, translated, Forward Press. On what grounds was Duiro founded and what exactly is it the magazine wants to say? Here are seven things you should know about the magazine.
An interview with Appuro Press, the publishers of Duiro magazine