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Your evening longread: The 'only openly gay defector' in North Korea finds love

We bring you an interesting longread each evening to take your mind off the news.

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EVERY WEEK, WE bring you a round-up of the best longreads of the past seven days in Sitdown Sunday.

And now, every weeknight, we bring you an evening longread to enjoy which will help you to escape the news cycle. 

We’ll be keeping an eye on new longreads and digging back into the archives for some classics.

North Korea

The story of Jan Yeong-jin’s journey to getting engaged to his American boyfriend.

(BBC, approx 10 mins reading time)

“There is no concept of homosexuality in North Korea,” he says. If someone is seen running to greet another same sex friend, it’s assumed that’s just because they have such a close friendship. In fact adults of the same sex often hold hands in the street, he says. “North Korea is a totalitarian society – we have lots of communal life so it’s normal for us.”

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