Media outlets in Japan have devoted numerous column inches to LGBTQ issues in recent years, with many reports lauding the progress that government agencies and corporate entities have made in this area. The reality, however, is that many sexual minorities in Japan continue to face difficulties. This week, The Japan Times gives voice to personal stories of individuals who face complications with regards to issues of identity. BK, 28, had found a partner she wanted to spend the rest of her life with and has, consequently, started to tell her parents and closest friends she is gay. In the letter, BK told her parents that she was happy and surrounded by people who love her for who she is. She always had close female friends, which was comfortable to her. Entering a coed university, she tried to date a few men but it never worked out for one reason or another. It was only when I started to work that I felt the need to start defining who I was. I soon realized how defining a label can be. Although BK feels her situation at work is far from safe, she still plans to come out to her colleagues at some point because she likes the company and wants to see it evolve. I plan to continue to work with them so that they can accept me for who I am. CW leads a double life and next to no one outside the gay community knows about his sexual orientation, including his family and friends. Growing up in rural Japan, CW spent his puberty suppressing the interest he felt in other men. The issue was taboo in the community and he decided it was probably best to avoid confronting it as well. Other public gay figures at the time were typically men flamboyantly dressed up as women and speaking in feminine tones. CW initially tried to date women and convince himself that he was straight. In his mids, however, he fell for another man. He was introduced to Shinjuku Ni-chome and, in doing so, finally found a place where he...
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