The importance of Hourou Musuko

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Is your heart always faithful there? […]
If you knew the true me,
would you still smile like that?
[…] You can stay the way you are.
~from the OP, ‘Itsudatte’

Hourou Musuko, or Wandering Son as it’s known in the English-speaking world, is the only anime title so far that doesn’t fetishize transgender individuals and it’s almost entirely about their stories. Yoshino and Nitori aren’t ‘traps’ for the audience’s viewing pleasure, but individuals who face a deep and personal struggle with themselves and the others around them. They are the protagonists; not the queer sidekick.

It is based on the homonym manga, which is published in a very neat, hardback edition by Fantagraphics. But since anime have a wider audience, the fact that this title got an adaptation is of significance for trans people and their visibility.  Continue reading

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Transgender Manga Masterpost

by drewkun 2010

This is an expanding list of manga with transgender protagonists. Here, the term transgender is defined narrowly as the individuals who were assigned male/female at birth but don’t identify as such. There are plenty of gender bender manga out there but very few that explore the issue at hand seriously, with respect towards gender identity. This list is ambitious of shedding more light to non-comedy, ‘slice-of-life’ trans titles that can be read in English and help trans folk find good representations in this medium. If you encounter a title fitting here, please leave a comment to let me know and I’ll add it.

Many thanks to Niki Smith who pointed out more titles! Also, to Ash from Experiments in Manga for the review of Kissing the Petals from Yuri Monogatari by Tomomi Nakasora!

I’ll procede with just the titles for those not liking spoilers and after the jump you can read comments for every title and some general remarks.

  • Hourou Musuko (Wandering Son) by Takako Shimura (15 vols)
  • Bokura no Hentai by Fumi Fumiko (5 vol -ongoing)
  • Paros no Ken by Kaoru Kurimoto and Igarashi Yumiko (3 vols)
  • Double House by Nanae Haruno (1 vol)
  • Claudine  by Riyoko Ikeda (1 vol)
  • IS by Rokuhana Chiyo (17 vols)
  • Cotton Candy Love by Tendou Kirin (oneshot)
  • Ayumi and Aika from Mermaid Line by Kindaichi Renjuurou (2 chapters)
  • Love Horizon from Densen Complex by Kizuki Akira (oneshot)
  • So I Can Be Myself -A Long Dream– from Mascara Blue by Sakisaki Io (oneshot)
  • Flower from Boku wa, Onnanoko by Takako Shimura (oneshot)
  • Dreams Bloom At Night from Yes, It’s Me! by Yamashita Tomoko (oneshot)
  • Apron and Sunglasses from Please God by Minami Q-ta (oneshot)
  • Kissing the Petals from Yuri Monogatari by Tomomi Nakasora (oneshot)

Other dubious recommendations:

  • Udagawachou de Mattete yo. by Hideyoshico (1 vol)
  • J no Subete by Nakamura Asumiko (2 vols)
  • Half and Half by Nanami Mao (2 vols)
  • Houkago Hokenshitsu (After School Nightmare) by Mizushiro Setona (10 vols)

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A story of flaming pink and sea blue

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Introduction: A rather arbitrary starting point

There is an old family photo in one of my grandmother’s album’s that was taken when I was still a newborn. It shows my baby-self, my father, grandpa and great-grandfather sitting in the four seats of our automobile. Four generations of the family’s men standing together, ready to take separate paths. I doubt my grandma can even imagine that, for the baby boy in that photo, that path has led him to not see himself as a man.

*This is a long article, full of personal, LGBT-related thoughts. Though we respect freedom of speech, no bigotry is going to be accepted.* Continue reading

IDAHO- Because a ‘deviant’ sexual orientation isn’t a disease

IDAHO- Because a 'deviant' sexual orientation isn't a disease

For those who don’t know what day is today and what make it a special one: IDAHO stands for International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. Just like today, on May 17th 1990, homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases of World Health Organization.

This blog supports the rights of all people to love and a healthy sexual life. Because we’ve experienced bullying for one reason or another. Because we know the agony and struggles of not being accepted by people that play a major role in our lives. Because we want to see this world change for the better.

straight or gay, cisgender or transgender love is love

straight or gay, cisgender or transgender love is love

To commemorate this day we share with you personal stories, our opinion on some articles and our thoughts. Acceptance of yourself and the others is a journey. Let your mind open up!  Continue reading