LGBT

New Pantene commercial interviews Japanese trans individuals about difficulties of job hunting

Sending love and light to the LGBTQ+ community.

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Anger sparks as Tokyo politician claims “legally protecting lesbians and gays will ruin district”

But like how?

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Japan Airlines abolishes use of “ladies and gentlemen” in English for sake of sexual minorities

New policy to go into effect almost immediately.

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World’s longest trailer shows former SMAP star play a transgender role in new film Midnight Swan

Japanese movie depicts the blossoming mother-daughter friendship between a transgender woman, played by SMAP‘s Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, and a neglected teenage girl.

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Crossdressing support subscription service launches in Japan with clothing delivery, tutorials

Girls Closet is latest initiative from Tokyo-based josou services company.

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Mie Prefecture to become first in Japan to ban outing LGBT individuals

Outing will soon be officially out in Mie.
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“Male, female…other?” Japan form-makers consider possible LGBT discrimination in their terminology

For gay, transgender and nonbinary individuals in Japan, filling in forms can be daunting. But how to handle it?

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Some thoughts on Netflix’s Evangelion anime translation controversy: Like, love, and eating d***s

Evangelion’s original English scriptwriter has some harsh words for people complaining about translation choices, but also a pretty good point.

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Another women’s university in Japan to accept transgender women, the first in Kyushu

Another win for transgender rights in Japan.

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Queer Eye in Japan: Behind the scenes of new Netflix special currently being filmed in Tokyo

We take a look at what the Fab Five have been getting up to during their stay in Japan.

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Five reasons why Queer Eye is such a big hit on Netflix in Japan

How the loud-and-proud Fab Five were able to find success in a country that lags behind others when it comes to LGBTQ issues.

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Japanese high schools stop asking students to specify their gender on application forms

Two prefectures do away with once-standard question, over two dozen more consider following their lead.

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Same-sex couples take Japanese government to court, request constitutional marriage rights

Ten same-sex couples are filing a joint lawsuit against the Japanese government, calling for real marriage equality.

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Shiseido Japan’s same-sex kiss ad wins gold in Epica advertising awards

The artistic commercial secured a Grand Prix win as well as a gold award for the film category.

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“I am actually a homosexual”: Memories of when a Japanese boss came out to his subordinate

P.K. Sanjun thinks back to his first full-time job, and the boss who told him everything.

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Shiseido promises confidence for the lovelorn with their spellbinding new makeup ad【Video】

This new commercial stars Halloween costumes, luscious visuals, lipstick that dances and leaps from your face… plus a sweet, inclusive ending.

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Transgender Japanese YouTuber criticizes LGBT demonstration held in downtown Tokyo

Voices concern that disruptive gatherings will hurt public perception of LGBT community.

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Gay Japanese Twitter user comes out to family, mother’s response moves Twitter to tears

Amazingly open-minded mother wows son and Internet with words of wisdom.

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Tokyo women’s university will accept transgender students who identify as female, a Japan first

School asserts that it will accept female-identifying students even if they are listed as male on their legal family registry.

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Popular anime declares “Boys can be princesses too,” prompts apology from Japanese resort hotel

Pretty Cure encourages boys who feel like it to wear dresses and be princesses, hotel apologizes for not being progressive enough.

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