A response to Orlando from Japan

19 06 2016

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Anne Ishii, one of the authors of a (very not-safe-for-work) gay manga blog posted a touching essay about her trip to Sapporo to visit famed manga artist Jiraiya, and their foray into the city’s gay scene, as well as her shock at learning of the Orlando massacre unfolding on the other side of the world. Anne’s “Massive” company is teaming up with Jiraiya to produce memorabilia with the artwork above to raise money for the survivors and for anti-gun causes.

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The essay also made me think of another Japanese perspective on homophobia, “My brother’s husband”. I am loath to link to it, but there is now an “unofficial” English translation floating around on the web, and the comic’s poignant message could not be more timely. Written for a primarily heterosexual audience, the beautiful comic charts the journey of a single father who questions his own low-key homophobia after the Canadian partner of his estranged gay brother, Ryoji, comes to visit. He comes to realise, of course, that people are people and love is love.

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A message that sorely needs to be heard.

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