A festival poster of Queersidae, a sexual minority gathering in UOS, was found damaged just before 2016 UOS festival. The poster was hung in both the Liberal Arts Building and Student Hall, but the one in the Liberal Arts Building disappeared and the other one was found torn to pieces.
The poster advertised the festival booth that Queersidae prepared in collaboration with Siwon, the 2016 Student Council. According to Su-min Nam (Dept. of Urban Sociology, ’15), a director of the Human Rights Bureau of Siwon, the poster seemed to have been ripped up by someone with malice towards homosexuals. She insisted that the posters were attached to the wall in a proper way with lots of staples, suggesting that they were intentionally removed. In addition, the fact that other posters next to the Queersidae one were not damaged enhances her supposition.
In spite of the incident, the festival booth for Queersidae was a success. The booth advertised the IDAHOT (International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia), sales of goods for support of Queersidae, distribution of stickers and papers, and rainbow face painting; the six colors of the rainbow symbolizes homosexuality. In fact, one of the students who volunteered to work at the Queersidae’s booth said that many UOS students were positive toward sexual minorities.