12m 10s

Being LGBT+ in a Small Town

Hometown Stories

Broadcast on January 18, 2022 Available until February 1, 2023

Identifying as LGBT+, Fujiya Ami doesn't want to be categorized as either male or female and has no romantic feelings for others. After working in Tokyo as a "woman," Fujiya couldn't go on pretending and moved to a small community in western Japan. Preferring to deal with others on the basis of personality rather than gender, Fujiya finds a way to live in a rural area where traditional gender identity remains strong. (This program was broadcast on January 4, 2022.)

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Fujiya Ami came across a help-wanted ad on the Internet and decided to move to Shimane Prefecture.
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Working as a clerk at the town office, Fujiya has begun revealing the gender identity to colleagues and managers slowly.
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Fujiya, who strives to take part in the community's activities, has been accepted by locals, but sometimes it is hard to gain understanding about Fujiya's viewpoint as sexual minority.

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