The first openly gay person my husband met was American. In fact, growing up in rural Japan, before he got to college, he was kind of under the impression that gay Japanese men were like unicorns and child geniuses—you saw them on TV from time to time, but they didn’t actually exist.

He met his first openly gay Japanese person at the 2012 Rainbow Pride Parade in Yoyogi Park. We were both decked out in rainbows and flag hats to support one of our closeted friends participating in the march. Along the way, we met an interracial same-sex couple: A nice American man married to a Japanese man, with a small baby.

*The Rainbow Pride Parade is held in April each year



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