LGBT

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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Osaka stops putting rainbow marks on public toilets after complaints from LGBT communities

And hopefully learns a lesson in understanding in the process.

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Lesbian idols’ confession of love prompts veteran to say “Idol romance restrictions are shit”

Harsh words from a strong supporter of letting love bloom between idols and anyone they want.

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Japanese politicians submit bill to lower legal adulthood age, raise marriage age for women

Move would balance marriage age for men and women, make sex-change operations more easily available.

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Tokyo lesbian love anime art/photography exhibition cancelled, thighs suspected as sticking point

Cancellation of yuri event comes mere days before scheduled opening in one of Tokyo’s major anime fan neighborhoods.

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Japanese public school to allow male students to wear skirts, chest ribbons as part of uniform

Brand-new middle school to let students of any gender wear whatever uniform components they feel comfortable in out of consideration to LGBT youths.

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Japanese dictionary’s definition of “LGBT” draws criticism for inaccuracy on the “T” part

Critics call for revision to brand-new edition of one of Japan’s most trusted and influential language resources.

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Japanese middle school promotes long pants to full-uniform status for girls, equal with skirts

Principal emphasizes that skirt is no longer to be considered the “main” or “standard” uniform.

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Fans wonder if children’s show Pretty Cure’s next season will go “full lesbian”

This long-running children’s series may not be doing it on purpose, but is making significant strides in LGBT acceptance in Japan.

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Gackt to guys not interested in cars: “Are you queer?”

Psst Gackt, your age is showing.

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Japanese video game with cross-dressing male teen protagonist seeks fan support

Developer thinks the planned game could be great, but worries about whether or not a fanbase exists.

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Kirin beer company toasts same-sex marriages for its employees

A step towards same-sex marriages being officially recognised throughout Japan?

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Commercial reveals what some LGBT individuals go through in Japan

Is the LGBT mindset in Japan any different from other countries?

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Japanese gay community at the centre of new “Tokyo Neighbors” web series 【Video】

The webisodes explore what it’s like to be gay in Japan.

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