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Pink Dot rallies in Singapore

A beautiful short movie by Boo Junfeng rallies support for Singapore’s Pink Dot rally on June 18. It is illegal to hold a political gathering in Singapore, and yet this emerging LGBT movement has skirted that by claiming it’s a color-coordinated picnic.

Economic development and personal achievement are not adequate compensation for not being able to speak freely or organize with others. There are many times in Japan when the “absence of visible gayness” provides daily advantages: straight men are not threatened by something that neither exists nor contaminates, no religious nuts are yelling about damnation, gender expression seems much wider than in the West.

Yet living in hiding corrodes the spirit & ultimately limits everyone’s freedom. I am glad to see gay rights in Asia become a human rights issue that  benefits everyone.

Much moe at anti-nuclear demo in Koenji

Yesterday’s anti-nuclear demo (原発やめるデモ) in Koenji far exceeded my expectations. About 15,000 marched through the streets from Koenji to Omekaido Douri seeking the end of nuclear power. There were also young men on stilts and silver foil outfits, shirtless punk rockers with tattoos and huge hair, a seemingly random boy band in matching yellow track suits and geometric hair styles. All in all, it was very earnest and carnival-like. It made me feel better about my neighbors and Tokyo’s future.