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Watered-Down LGBTQ ‘Understanding’ Bill Shows How Far Japan’s Parliament Is Out of Step With Its Society – And History
The resistance of national politicians to establish legal protections for sexual minorities is out of step with Japan’s long and widely acknowledged history of diverse sexual cultures.
The recent Sydney WorldPride was a milestone moment in connecting a regional and global movement. However, the growing LGBTQ collective movements in Asia, do not guarantee proportionate or linear improvements in the lives of LGBTQ people in the region.
It’s good that Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalizes sex between men, is being repealed. But what has been won should should not be mistaken as an act of progressive change by the ruling party.
SueAnn Shiah, a Taiwanese American Queer Christian, offers a Pride Month reflection on accountability and abolition.
The landmark ruling is a symbolic victory for the Japanese LGBTQ community. I wish my friend, Ikuo Sato, was here to share it and continue the struggle.
As Taiwan’s drag queen scene flourishes, propelled by the global success of Drag Race, the king scene is growing as well, providing much needed space and platform for lesbians and AFAB-people.
For Taiwan's LGBT+ community, Saturday's results don't mark the end of the push for equality.
'Queer Asia' features the proud, vibrant LGBTQ communities of Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines & Vietnam.