Being LGBTQ in Japan

KOB 126-301
  • Q&A Discussion with Panelists
  • Engage with an organization supporting and enhancing the lives of LGBTQ people in Japan
Program Overview
Country: Japan
Depart: 12/04/2017 1330
Return: 12/04/2017 1800
Duration: Full-Day
Difficulty: Easy
Capacity: Min 10 / Max 40
Category: Global Studies Credit Eligible, INTERCONNECT Programs

INTERCONNECT Opportunity Global Studies Credit Eligible

Program Fee

This program, “Being LGBTQ in Japan” provides an opportunity to engage with Kobe’s LGBTQ community, including leaders of Stonewall Japan. Stonewall Japan is a community organization providing support for, and enhancing the lives of international Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) people in Japan desiring an outlet for expressing their gender and sexuality.

Meet with representatives of Stonewall Japan for an insight of the complex situation of LGBT rights in Japan. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the lecture. You will have a chance to visit Kobe University campus, who is hosting the lecture, and get a glimpse of typical Japanese campus life. NOTE:  program uses public transport and requires walking for about 15-20 minutes from the closest station to the campus

Previous panelists (NOT yet confirmed for FA17 voyage and subject to change) have included:

  1. Varun Khanna, Osaka University and Stonewall Japan’s Vice President; MC and roundtable chair
  2. Devon Morgan, High School Teacher and Stonewall Japan’s Kansai Head; Organizing and volunteers  
  3. Louis Williams,  JET High School Teacher and Stonewall Japan’s President (Panelist); NGO perspectives, Foreigner+LGBT Issues
  4. Ioana Fotache, Scholar at Nagoya University (Panelist); Linguistic barrier, civil society, sports etc. 
  5. Sumito Sakabe, Head of Tsunagary; Community building and personal narratives of people from his “connectivity cafe”
  6. Paul Sully, Owner of Frenz-Frenzy and LGBT activist; Entertainment, trends etc.

“It was interesting to think about how different cultures impact the coming out experience and what it means to be an activist.” -Sally H., Spring ’17 Staff Voyager

“Enriching, interesting, informative! For those who want to have a better understanding of the LGBT scene internationally.” -Jady, Spring ’17 Student Voyager