Itaewon Class is one of a wave of new K-dramas bringing belated attention to themes of inclusivity and the LGBTQ+ community, with its portrayal of transgender chef Ma Hyun-hi, played by Lee Joo-young. Photo: @i_icaruswalks/Instagram Itaewon Class is one of a wave of new K-dramas bringing belated attention to themes of inclusivity and the LGBTQ+ community, with its portrayal of transgender chef Ma Hyun-hi, played by Lee Joo-young. Photo: @i_icaruswalks/Instagram
Itaewon Class is one of a wave of new K-dramas bringing belated attention to themes of inclusivity and the LGBTQ+ community, with its portrayal of transgender chef Ma Hyun-hi, played by Lee Joo-young. Photo: @i_icaruswalks/Instagram

Before Itaewon Class – 6 more Korean dramas spotlighting LGBT characters and stories

Like conservative Korean culture, K-drama has generally been too slow and played too safe, perpetuating tired gender stereotypes and under-representing LGBT lives – but an increasing number of shows are leading the way forward, with distinctly different results

Topic |   K-drama news
Itaewon Class is one of a wave of new K-dramas bringing belated attention to themes of inclusivity and the LGBTQ+ community, with its portrayal of transgender chef Ma Hyun-hi, played by Lee Joo-young. Photo: @i_icaruswalks/Instagram Itaewon Class is one of a wave of new K-dramas bringing belated attention to themes of inclusivity and the LGBTQ+ community, with its portrayal of transgender chef Ma Hyun-hi, played by Lee Joo-young. Photo: @i_icaruswalks/Instagram
Itaewon Class is one of a wave of new K-dramas bringing belated attention to themes of inclusivity and the LGBTQ+ community, with its portrayal of transgender chef Ma Hyun-hi, played by Lee Joo-young. Photo: @i_icaruswalks/Instagram
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