To Love Everyone: Well-Played, Jesus

Except oops: In response, right under a massive banner screaming, "Homosexuality Is Sin! Return to Jesus!" not one but two Jesuses turned up in full Biblical regalia to troll them with the reminder that, actually, Jesus loves everyone, including queers. One Jesus doppelganger was Robert Evans, 27, an American photographer from Atlanta who has lived in Seoul for four years and held aloft an "I'm Cool With It" sign. Straight but with many gay friends, he cites Korea's "long road towards equality" and his aim to be "part of the small steps it's taking in the right direction.” At his first Pride event two years ago, he was moved to tears by the "tangible and intense" hate he felt from protesters who assumed he was gay: "As a straight western male, I had never felt anything like it.” As Jesus this year, he wanted his message "to be simple, positive (and) to present an alternative interpretation" of Christ’s teachings.

Another Jesus also argued that “opposing homosexuality is not the Bible’s teaching.” "Homosexuality is not sin. It is love," said Chung Sang-hyuk, a 26-year-old Protestant Korean. "It is not subject to approval or opposition.” His message: “What Jesus has taught us is to love everyone." Both he and Evans were swamped by gleeful attendees offering hugs, cheers, selfies and blessings. Chung smilingly accepted them all, following the tenet of the sign he held high: "Keep Queer and Carry on."

Protesters. Photo by Yonhap

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