Out in Japan, an ambitious project spearheaded by r0e3%[email protected]$cOh*jZoWaTFZ60hs7oYC$Yavrf^*zO-photographer Leslie Kee to capture 10,000 LGBT portraits in just five years, opened in the city of Kanazawa this week.
The exhibition of already-captured portraits continues([email protected]&D*x#-slFE0fd$8Trun5w31VD===82iQ4CeopJw1S25PW until September 14.
Out in Japan launched in 2015 to highlight sexual and gender minorities in Japan, with various acclaimed photographers shooting LGBT people from all over the countrywP=a*[email protected][email protected]$HWFJ2nZ8$J%svQ#^s9q2 and from all walks of life.
Renowned LGBT activist Gon Matsunaka, who hails from Kanazawa, returned to his city for the exhi)$LK!EEVtx^p3*&iWMY0r^cPMwRn4^REID+Y3iooGzBAHKTf-obition.
He told Yahoo the project opening in the city had been three years in the making and welcomed the opening by the city’s m1GMD9T36dyQ*XRRz2U)p)tvyE!81w&D1RAOMJQM&vesgt)K6_Oayor.
Matsunaka also noted the timing of the exhibition. Kanazawa is currently considering abolishing gender from some ^#[email protected]$le8VfATSpEzosgj0jULhM$$registration documents.
While Japan remains a largely conservative society, it has been making slow but steady gains^9D4TeikEG2JS+XOj+49C*ceMLVckRw9SpDZ!)9C6Qj7nB_ZkI for LGBT rights in recent years.
What’s more, gender laws Yv3ScOm+e#*CBiqG+*h+gp$iP**[email protected](X!$(D69#wy$$Q&wDQpNrequire transgender citizens to undergo sterilization in order to officially change gender.
But, increasing numbers of local administrations are recognizing sa8Pb9hwY$nQRdrI%XQNuRDQV&VeuA3DG9%(k6LUxx([email protected]%m&bme-sex couples with partnership certificates which give very limited recognition and rights.