LGBTって何?

身体が女なら「女」?ネクタイをしていれば「男」?男が好きな人は「女」?

いろんな性別のあり方を「セクシュアリティ」といいます。セクシュアリティが多くの人に比べて少数派の人達のことを「セクシュアルマイノリティ(性的少数者)」といいます。セクシュアルマイノリティのことを最近では「LGBT」と呼ぶことが増えてきました。LGBTとは、L(レズビアン)女性同性愛者、G(ゲイ)男性同性愛者、B(バイセクシュアル)同性を好きになったり異性を好きになったりするひとや相手の性別にこだわらない人、T(トランスジェンダー)身体の性別とは異なる性別を生きる/生きたいと望む人、の頭文字です。

 

人口の5.2%、およそ20人に1人がLGBT(2012年電通総研調べ)と言われています。淀川区の人口170,000人とすると8,840人いることになります。きっとあなたの側にもいるはずです。この機会にLGBTについて考えてみませんか。

多様なセクシュアリティのあり方。

実際には、セクシュアリティは多様であり、どんな自分でありたいか、どんな風に違和感を感じるのか、どんな風に恋愛感情を抱くか…等、はっきりと分けられるわけではありません。「レインボー、はじめました!」というキャッチコピーの「レインボー(6色の虹)」は性の多様性を表すシンボルカラーとして世界共通で使われています。多様な性のあり方は、虹のようにグラデーションになっているのです。また、セクシュアリティは他人が決められるものではなく、自分のことをどう表現したいは、本人に聞いてみないとわかりません。

 

どんな身体が居心地がいい?

どんな服装が好き?

どんな風に扱われたい?

どんな人を好きになる?好きにならない?

それは男らしい?女らしい?どちらでもない?どちらでもある?決めたくない?

 

そんな風に考えていくと、L・G・B・Tの4つに分類できるわけではなく、多様な性のあり方は一人一人のあり方なんだと気付きます。同性を好きになる人もいれば、異性を好きになる人もいる。複数の人と恋愛をする人もいるし、誰もが恋愛をするわけでもありません。自分の性別を決めたくない人もいれば、自分のことを男でも女でもあると感じるひともいます。淀川区LGBT支援事業をきっかけに、自分がどんな自分でありたいか、LGBTから社会はどんな風に見えるのか、考えてみるのもいいかもしれません。

 

What does LGBT mean?

 If your body is female, does that make you a ‘woman’?

If you wear a tie, does that make you a ‘man’?

Are women the only ones who are interested in men?

The many different combinations of gender identity and sexual orientation are referred to as ‘sexuality’. Gender  

identity is the gender you express yourself as – not necessarily the same as your biological sex.

Sexual orientation is the sex(es) you are attracted to.

Those whose sexuality differs from most other people are known as sexual minorities.

Awareness of sexual minorities in Japan is increasing and they are often referred to as the LGBT community.

LGBT stands for:

 

Lesbian – a woman who is sexually/romantically/emotionally attracted to women;

Gay – a man who is sexually/romantically/emotionally attracted to men;

Bisexual – a person who is sexually/romantically/emotionally attracted to both men and women;

Transgender – a person whose gender identity/expression differs from their biological sex.

 

5.2% of the Japanese population, or 1 in 20 people self-identify as LGBT (Dentsu Research Institute 2012). This means that out of Yodogawa Ward’s 170,000 residents that about 8840 people identify as LGBT. You most likely know an LGBT person (even if you are not aware of it).

Let’s take a moment to think about the LGBT community.

 

 

 


The Diversity of Sexuality

 

In reality, there are countless forms of sexuality. It is difficult to define a person’s sexuality using questions such as “What kind of person do I want to be?”; “How do I feel different?”; “How do I experience romantic love?”

“We started the Rainbow!” is the slogan of our LGBT movement and the Rainbow Flag is a worldwide symbol that represents the many different types of sexuality.

Sexuality, like the colors of the rainbow, are not cut straight, but blur into one another. Futhermore, sexuality is not something that is decided by another person, nor can anyone know without asking you – it is the way you want to express yourself.

 

What kind of body do you feel comfortable in?

What kind of clothes do you like to wear?

How do you want to be treated?

What kind of people are you attracted to? Not attracted to?

Are they masculine? Feminine? Neither? Both? Unwilling/unable to decide?

 

If you think about it like that, you will notice that it isn’t possible to neatly categorize gender and sexuality into the familiar categories of L, G, B and T. Some people will be attracted to the same sex, while others are attracted to the opposite sex, or a mixture of both. Some people will have many relationships, while others may not be interested at all. While there are some people who do not want to define their gender, there are those who feel they are very much a ‘man’ or a ‘woman’.

We hope that the Yodogawa Ward LGBT Support Project will encourage you to think about who you want to be, and about society from the LGBT perspective.

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