Alarm bells sound over ‘outings’ in Japan’s LGBT community

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04/12/2019

People having their sexual orientation or gender identity revealed without their consent has become a deepening problem in Japan, a country known for its culture in which the “nail that sticks out gets hammered down.” In recent years, there has a been a growing number of cases in which a person has been publically “outed” by someone they trust, sometimes resulting in the affected person feeling they have to quit school or work to escape the fallout. In the most tragic cases, public outings have driven victims to fall ill, including causing them to suffer mental health issues or even to take their own lives. Experts argue that such malicious or careless intrusions into someone’s personal life should be considered discriminatory and possible grounds for criminal charges.

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