In autumn in 2017, in Australia, they conducted a national referendum about the endorsement of the same-gender marriage. A result, it received 61.6% approval and a video of joyous people made headlines around the world. In numerous countries, same-sex marriage hasn’t been legal because of historical reasons and religious differences, although a guarantee system for couple’s rights are getting set in 20 countries in the world. The population ratio of LGBTI in Japan is 7.6%, and some area such as Shibuya-ward, Setagaya-ward and Naha-city, Okinawa allow them to register their partnerships. With support and understanding, people are making a tolerant society. One day, I met an actor, Nana, who belongs to a LGBTI theatrical company. Her performance has a tremendous power and involves everything with enthusiasm. It unites not only her body and soul but all surroundings. Since then, I have started to feel an intimate connection with sexual minority problems. While I was releasing the shutter avidly, I heard Nana’s heart crying, “This is me. I won’t hide anything anymore.” It was as if she is trying to show us her true self. I wonder she might have had to hide who she had been. Her dance and act praise the courage for the people who have suffered from the prejudice, to come out publicly as LGBTI. Also, she must put her long-felt hope to be acknowledged widely their way of living. A society which respects sexuality is a society which respects individuals. I was moved by Nana’s dance with great aspiration. As one of the LGBTI supporters, I want to champion the cause to make a society that can get along together.
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