Tokyo Rainbow Pride ParadeApril 26, 2015Video by Rio Akiyama...

Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade
April 26, 2015

Video by Rio Akiyama (秋山理央)

OUT IN JAPAN project, 2015by photographer Leslie Kee Portraits of...

OUT IN JAPAN project, 2015

by photographer Leslie Kee

Portraits of 111 Japanese LGBT people from teenagers to 60-somethings, including gay manga icon Gengoroh Tagame (田亀源五郎, top). The photos will be on exhibition at Gap’s flagship Harajuku store from April 21st to April 28th, coinciding with Tokyo Rainbow Pride.

Sponsored by Gap (#rainbowgap) and the Japanese production of Rent (!), coming to Tokyo’s Theatre Creation (シアタークリエ) this September.

In a country where fewer than 19% of major corporations offer workplace protections to their queer workers, Gap has been notable for its visibility as a supporter of LGBT rights. It’s nice to see The Gap champion the work of the great fashion photographer Leslie Kee, who was unjustly arrested in 2013 on obscenity charges in a targeted censorship campaign.

Reblog if Tagame is giving you life.


Cute couple in cute t-shirts at Tokyo Rainbow Pride! Photo by...

Cute couple in cute t-shirts at Tokyo Rainbow Pride! Photo by Tokyo Moe.

Anyone know where those shirts come from?

Video of Tokyo Rainbow Pride on Sunday, April 27, 2014Shot by Rio...

Video of Tokyo Rainbow Pride on Sunday, April 27, 2014
Shot by Rio Akiyama (秋山理央)

Around 14,000 people attended this year’s parade, including Japan’s first lady, Akie Abe (長谷川博史, pictured right in the video still above). Standing next to Mrs. Abe on the float is Hiroshi Hasegawa (長谷川博史), a well-respected HIV activist who also co-founded G-men magazine with Gengoroh Tagame (田亀源五郎) in 1994.