tarvos wrote:Of Love and Law (愛と法) was a very interesting documentary that ended up being less about LGBT+ rights and more about law in general. I didn't realise ろくでなし子 was going to be in it though so that was extra interesting (she's the lady who got sued for her 'obscene' vagina art).
Question: are there many documentaries on LGBT+ stuff in Japan? It interests me, as you very well know, as I don't really know how to handle Japan in this context. You're probably better suited to tell me that.
There are, but they are generally hard to come by and I haven't seen many myself. I'll make a list this week (and start hunting them down, since obviously I'm also interested).
Generally speaking, Japan is a pretty good place to be when you're part of the LGBT+ community - as a visitor/tourist/shorttimer, at least. There is little to no open hostility/discrimination, and most people genuinely don't care. Mostly they are super accepting when it comes to strangers, acquaintances and (close) friends.
But there is definitely a different standard for foreigners than there is for natives. Also for famous people: there are plenty of LGBT+ people to be seen on television, in talk shows, etc. and they are generally loved and appreciated - but they are also for the most part forced into certain ahem stereotypes. Also, laws regarding LGBT+ issues aren't so great yet. There is little to no protection, and discrimination (open or not) at work and by family isn't rare. Mostly this turns into social exclusion.
But even in Japan things are changing and becoming more and more accepting, and many people are actively trying to change current policies. Multiple cities/city districts have started recognising same-sex relationships for example, and are now issuing partnership certificates. Things are moving relatively fast in recent years, but there is also some push back from the LDP, the political party that has been in power almost non-stop since 1955. Your average conservative old-men party, basically