In a region imbued with the Confucian ideals of filial respect and saving face, the toughest battles are within families.
The Christian Science Monitor
Date: November 22, 2015
By Gavin Blair, Correspondent
Tokyo — When it come to homosexuality, the Confucian cultures of East Asia can
be quite conservative, though they don’t share the religious or moral objections of Judeo-Christian-Islamic countries.
But across a region becoming steadily more urban and cosmopolitan, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) communities are experiencing a changes in attitudes and a greater legal recognition that echoes the trend in the West towards much greater acceptance of equality.
Last weekend some 80,000 people from around East Asia converged on Taipei for the Oct. 31 Taiwan Pride parade, the biggest such event in the region. It was followed by a record 10,000 marchers in the Hong Kong Pride Parade. In Japan, that same November evening saw the broadcast of “Transit Girls,” the first TV drama here about a lesbian couple. [FULL STORY]