LGBTQ in Japan

LLGBT+ Japanese Vocabulary
Culture

The ABCs of LGBT+ in Japan

A crash course in Japanese vocabulary to help you navigate all sexualities and genders under the LGBT rainbow 🌈.

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Culture

Ibaraki Is Now the First Prefecture in Japan to Recognize Same-sex Partnerships

The land of natto just took a huge stance on LGBT rights.

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Live

Incident in Tokyo’s Gay District Reignites Debate About Trans Rights in Japan

A trans lesbian was refused entry from a women-only bar in Shinjuku Ni-chome. The result? A positive step forward for trans rights in Tokyo's LGBTQ+ community.

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Culture

This Japanese TV Show Panelist Is Being Praised for Calling Out An Offensive Segment about Gender

Koji 👏 Wakaichi 👏 deserves 👏 an 👏 award 👏.

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Live

Tokyo Pride Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary with Biggest Parade Yet

More visibility and support for the LGBTQ community in Japan was on display at this year's Tokyo Pride.

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Live

A Trans Woman’s Marriage in Japan is in Jeopardy Over Legal Limitations

"We've effectively broken the system."

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Live

College Couple To Take Wedding Photos in 26 Countries For Marriage Equality in Japan

This lesbian couple is planning a trip around the world to fight for LGBT rights.

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Live

LGBTQ in Japan: Avoiding the Closet, Revisited

Do people come out of the closet at work in Japan and if so — how?

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Culture

Terrace House’s first openly LGBT member proves Japan’s ignorance toward sexual minorities

Shunsuke Ikezoe's bravery challenged Japan's implicit “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy.

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Explore

A Night Out in Doyamacho, Osaka’s LGBT District

Bar hopping through the gayest nightspot in western Japan.

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Culture

Popular Children’s Anime Transcends Gender Norms with New “Magical Girl” Character

Precure (Pretty Cure) reveals the newest member of their magical girl lineup — a boy.

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Culture

LGBT in Japan: Yes, it Gets Better!

Being queer in Japan hasn’t always been easy, but I want to be one of many voices that says it gets better.

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