Why Should My Store Be Boycotted Over a Law I Despise? – The New York Times

Interesting counterpoint to the major national narrative of boycotts in response to NC HB2.  The owners of this independent bookstore in my hometown wrote in to the Times complaining that boycotting is sometimes unfair as a protest/ awareness-raising/ change-bringing strategy.

Source: Why Should My Store Be Boycotted Over a Law I Despise? – The New York Times

Coming-of-Age ceremony held for LGBT people in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward | The Japan Times

A Coming-of-Age ceremony for young people in the LGBT community was held in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward on Saturday, where the participants and their family members had the chance to exchange thoughts about moving into adulthood.

Source: Coming-of-Age ceremony held for LGBT people in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward | The Japan Times

Not great coverage, but this article piqued my interest.

Coming of Age Day is a national holiday in Japan, when all of the children who have or will reach the age of majority (20 years old) get all dressed up and have various parties and ceremonies in communities all around Japan.  It’s a very strongly gendered event with emphasis on wearing a very fancy kimono– imagine if Prom were a national holiday!  So, it’s definitely good news that LGBTQ Japanese folks are carving out their own spaces to celebrate.