≪Organizer Abstract≫
Transgender women and gay men are on TV every single day and as such it would appear that they have been accepted by the public. There is a transgender friendly law, especially for those who had reassignment surgery. Recently, two Wards in Tokyo passed an ordinance to issue "partnership certificates" to same-sex couples. However these legal and ordinance actions do not translate into full acceptance and understanding of sexual minorities by the Japanese. Furthermore there is much misunderstanding among those that do accept the existence of sexual differences. For example, transgender is only understood as a gender identity disorder, transgender women and gay men are often misunderstood and perceived as the same while lesbians and bisexuals tend to be invisible. This symposium focuses on the difficulties that transgender, gay men, and other sexual minorities experience in Japan and will highlight the difference and the similarities among sexual minority groups.
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