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Coming-of-Age ceremony held for LGBT people in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward

Kyodo

A Coming-of-Age ceremony for young people in the LGBT community was held in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward on Saturday, where the participants and their family members had the chance to exchange thoughts about moving into adulthood.

Some 180 people, ranging in age from those in their teens to some in their 80s, turned up for the event, which was organized by ReBit, a Tokyo-based nonprofit group that supports the LGBT community.

Shunka Hirao, 27, from the city of Mitaka, Tokyo, appeared in a kimono and spoke about her struggle to be recognized as a woman. Born male, she could not talk with her parents about her gender identity for the longest time while growing up.

“I will live in accordance with who I really am, so I can inspire others,” Hirao said.

Setagaya Mayor Nobuto Hosaka was among the attendees of the event. Last year, under Hosaka’s leadership, Setagaya Ward started a program to recognize same-sex unions.

A similar event was also held in Tennozu Ward in the city of Osaka on Saturday. Organizer Yu Morita, 21, said that, while a few municipal governments have recently started to recognize same-sex partnerships, misconceptions about sexual minorities still remain. “We want more people to come to these events to get to know us better,” Morita said.

  • hckpro

    I don’t get what coming of age day has to do with where you like to stick it. Does everything have to be about sex?

    • skillet

      They just want us all to know how special they are. Not because of any talent or acheivement. Just “where you like to stick it”.

      Want to destroy a culture ? Create a vibrant LGBT culture. Recognition of talent and ability will be replaced by recognition of victimhood status.

    • CLJF

      These days, it would seem so.

    • mypantsdontchuckle

      There’s no mention of sex in this article. You might want to discuss your obsession with a therapist.

      • hckpro

        It’s in the designation: homoSEXUAL, meaning a sexual attraction to someone of the same sex.

        Thus, any time there is a celebration of / for homosexual people, the root of the celebrating is because the group of people have a sexual attraction to persons of the same gender.

        There’s no reason why any gay person would be excluded from traditional coming of age day festivities as the event is to celebrate an AGE (20) and not a sexual preference.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        There is no reason why any gay person SHOULD be excluded. There. Fixed that for you.

      • hckpro

        And they aren’t. Nowhere have I seen anything that says that they have ever been. It’s a non-issue.

        This year on coming of age day I saw celebrants dressed up in outfits that would make Elton John jealous, and no one batted an eye. Flashing electronic glasses and all.

        The real issue is why a group who, on one hand, yells that they just want to be seen as equal and be included as they are, would then purposefully set themselves apart. It’s not like this was a group of new adults that were booted from their respective festivities. They chose to turn coming of age day into a political statement about their sexuality, when they day has nothing to do with that. There is absolutely no connection with Jan 11 and sexual preference or identity; but they chose to make one.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Clickonthewhatnow

        Obviously because it has never been reported means it never happens, especially in Japan. Bullying is a non-issue here, especially for things that make you stand out. And trust me, people who know you are of a particular sexual orientation will make that a part of everything in regards to bullying. But obviously you have had first hand experience. Let me guess, you’re Japanese, recently turned 20, and are gay.

      • Anny

        The article is mainly about a transgender, not a homossexual. And this is very related to the coming of age ceremony, as it is about how someone will live their adulthood. Actually, even if it talked about homossexuals, it would be in topic, since relationships are a big part of adult life.

  • Serendipity_NosePicker

    ATTN: Japan
    You are still a great nation. Do NOT do as the USA and drown yourself in unprincipled immorality. You will gain nothing as a people, yet lose much of yourselves as a civilized society. Ours has been in decline since the 60’s, but much more so since 2009.

    Do NOT continue down this path!

    • Tindy

      Immorality is in the eyes of the beholder, as is civilization for that matter. American values of “civilization” and “immorality” is have already changed Japan – they don’t need or want your help deciding what is right and wrong again.

  • Olivier

    Wow, most of the comment here, from cisgenre white male are proof again that a lot of heteroSEXUALS males have NO IDEA what kind of bullying and problems LGBT people have to go through from childhood to adulthood…
    It is highly advised to these heteroSEXUALS guys to meet some LGBT people at least once in their life, and really discuss the matter with them!!!
    Then, maybe, they will be eligible to talk about these issues…

  • gigi4747

    No one should be bullied, but no one should embrace lies, either, eg, that marriage can be redefined or that children do not need or are not entitled to a mother and a father. Thankfully, Japan has not had the epidemic of divorce or out of wedlock births that the U.S. has had, which made the promotion of redefining marriage much easier in the U.S.