Welcome to the Tokyo International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival.
This is that time of year we all have been waiting for.
As you may have noticed, media exposure of sexual minorities — gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, among others — has increased of late. But do you know of anyone around you that actually is a “sexual minority?”
Some studies say that one person in 20 is a sexual minority. Such a large number of people have been and may still be caught in a deep crevasse of sexual identity, unable to move. But I believe there is a softer and more subtle border among different sexualities, like the gradation of colors.
This film festival presents movies with themes depicting sexual minorities. But it is not a film festival only for those “minorities.”
This is a place where individuals living in this same world gather simply to enjoy movies together. And I hope it continues to be that kind of place. We would be pleased if you could take this opportunity and for a moment think about our mutual coexistence, not only through film but also through the other events taking place during this festival.
Tokyo International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival Committee Director