LGBTQ in Japan: Finding Community and Getting Out There

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LGBTQ in Japan: Finding Community and Getting Out There

The LGBTQ presence in Japan has started to make itself known recently (beyond the various gay manga and anime of varying sexual explicitness that we all know and love). Civil unions have been legalized in cities across the country, and LGBT couples are slowly winning the right to adopt in places like Osaka. Saitama, the prefecture I live in just north of Tokyo, has even elected its first transgender official. As is the case in many developed countries, the climate for us queer folk is generally improving.

But, if you’re hoping to spend your time in Japan enjoying your freedom as an LGBTQ individual as richly as possible, you’ll face plenty of difficulties as you would anyway! I’m here to show you that it’s very easy to get out there in a country where, for several reasons, you may choose not to be entirely “out.”

Finding Community

Resources for making friends

Social media, though time-devouring, is a godsend for us shy queers in Japan. If you’re looking for community, I recommend Facebook pages such as Stonewall Japan. There, you can introduce yourself to people around Japan and find out about nearby events. They even made an appearance at my Tokyo orientation …continue reading