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Sapporo City to Recognize Same-Sex Couples

NHK 12/22/2016 In 2017, the city of Sapporo will implement a system that recognizes the relationships of same-sex couples as “equivalent to marriage”. It will become the first…

Japanese Transgender Idol Unit “SECRET GUYZ” Overcome Gender Boundaries

Suponichi Annex 11/26/2016 SECRET GUYZ, Japan’s first ever FtM idol group, is broadening the scope of its activities to spread understanding of sexual minorities as it cements its…

We’re Engaged! −「私たち、婚約しました♡」

Dear readers, Taku and I are happy to announce that we are engaged and plan to get married in the United States next year! We are currently applying…

Osaka’s Yodogawa Ward Launches First-Ever LGBT Awareness Poster Campaign

Yodogawa Ward in Osaka City is unique in that it became the first municipality in Japan to declare support for LGBT individuals back in 2013. And according to…

Rainbow Parade for LGBT Awareness Held in Kumamoto City 

Kumanichi.com 11/14/2016  Rainbow Parade Kumamoto, an event which aims to create understanding of sexual minorities, was held on November 12 in downtown Kumamoto City. About 200 people marched magnificently…

Kyushu Rainbow Pride 2016 [Slideshow+Video]

Kyushu Rainbow Pride 2016, the third LGBT Pride event to be hosted in Fukuoka City, was held on November 6 in Fukuoka’s Reisen Park. Attendees of all ages,…

Japan’s First Ever ‘Pride Index’ Awards 53 Companies ‘Gold’ Rank

Huffington Post Japan 10/27/2016 Work With Pride, a private organization created through the efforts of IBM Japan and Human Rights Watch which works for the creation of LGBT-friendly…

Japanese Companies Evaluated, Awarded for Efforts to Create LGBT-Friendly Workplaces

NHK News 10/26/2016 With the hope of creating workplaces which are LGBT-friendly, NPO groups and other related organizations evaluated various companies work environments and held a commemoration event. 

New England Nostalgia, and Autumn in Fukuoka

Being born and raised in New England, I learned to love autumn from an early age. Despite the days becoming shorter and the foliage falling from the trees, I…