Brief History of Gay Culture and Rights in Japan – So Far Japanese Gay Communiity has kept a Low Key Legal Approach

Published: March 20, 2010

Brief History of Gay Culture and Rights in Japan – So Far Japanese Gay Communiity has kept a Low Key Legal Approach

In the history of Japan, gay male relationships have been more accepted than in the West. However, the gay community has been legally shortchanged.

Historically, gay relationships in Japan have not always been viewed negatively. It has been documented as early as the Heian Era (794 -1185) that is has been assimilated by Samurais and priests.
However, such relationships have never gained legal status and continue to be treated as a marginalized group of society. Yet people today enjoy watching gay entertainers in the media even though they remain underrepresented legally.

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