June is Pride Month! Check out lessons related to LGBTQIA+ topics! 
				June is Pride Month! Check out lessons related to LGBTQIA+ topics!

Pride Month 2022 -
LGBTQIA+ Lessons

LGBTQIA+ Pride Month is celebrated annually in the month of June (in the United States).
Cafetalk will be featuring Pride Month lessons especially created
by our tutors for this occasion during the month of June.

What is Pride Month?

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ+) Pride Month is celebrated every June in the United States and around the world. During Pride Month, various events such as pride parades and concerts are held in support of LGBTQIA+ rights. People often show their support and pride with the Pride flag - a rainbow.

							What is Pride Month?

Why are pride parades held in June?

Its roots stem from the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in Manhattan. Stonewall was a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. Today, Pride is celebrated in different months all around the world.
The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally.

							Why are pride parades held in June?

Are pride parades held in Japan too?

In Japan we have the TRP, short for Tokyo Rainbow Pride! It's usually celebrated around late April / early May.

							Are pride parades held in Japan too?

LGBTQIA+ means inclusivity

LGBTQIA+ is an acronym that stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, Intersex, and Asexual or Agender. It is also often used as an umbrella term for sexual and gender minorities in general.

*What does sexual and gender minority mean?A sexual and/or gender minority is a group whose sexual and/or gender identity, orientation or practices differ from the majority of the surrounding society.

LGBTQIA+ includes terms that describe various gender identities and sexual orientations.

  • [L] Lesbian

    Describes a woman who has romantic feelings or sexual attraction for a woman. In Japanese the use of the term "レズ" (rezu) is generally avoided due to its history of being used in hyper-sexualized depictions of lesbian women in media.

  • [G] Gay

    Describes a man who has romantic feelings or sexual attraction for a man. Some use it as a generic term for homosexuals or sexual minorities, but its use has been criticized as male-centric.

  • [B] Bisexual

    The definition can depend on the individual person, but generally it describes a person who has romantic feelings or sexual attraction for women and men and people of other genders as well. A person who has romantic feelings or sexual attraction for people regardless of gender is also referred to as Pansexual.

  • [T] Transgender

    Refers to a person who self-identifies as a gender different from the gender they were assigned at birth. In addition to transgender women and transgender men, some people use "transgender" as an umbrella term for people who do not fit into the gender binary. The umbrella term "transgender" includes for example trans non-binary people, trans-masculine, and others who do not identify as either male or female.

  • [Q] Queer

    It is sometimes used as a general term for an identity or sexual minority that represents a political stance against heterosexual or cisgender (= meaning a person whose assigned gender at birth and the gender they identify with are the same) norms. It is also used to describe a person who may feel sexually attracted to all genders. Originally a term used in the English-speaking world with the connotation of "eccentric and/or strange," it was used pejoratively to describe people who did not fit into the gender binary or who were not heterosexual. Since the end of the 20th century, sexual and gender minorities, who had been subjected to such contempt, began to reclaim the term to refer to themselves. Movements and studies began to develop along with the attitude that "we are queer," as a way to fight back.

  • [Q] Questioning

    Refers to people who are questioning their own gender identity or sexual orientation, or have intentionally not defined their gender identity or sexual orientation.

  • [I] Intersex

    Referes to people with physical or biological characteristics that do not fit into the biological gender binary. Referred to as “Intersex" in English-speaking regions and as DSD (Difference of Sex Development) in Japan, the "I" in LGBTQIA+ is the acronym for Intersex. In Japanese, the uses of words such as "インターセックス (intersex)" and "half-yin-yang (半陰陽)" are generally avoided as they are often used in a misleading or derogatory nuance.

  • [A] Asexual

    Refers to people who do not (or rarely experience) sexual attraction towards others, or does not (or rarely experience) sexual desire. In Japanese the term “non-sexual" (ノンセクシャル) can also be used.

Furthermore, the “+" in "LGBTQIA +" indicates that there are many other forms of sexuality.

What does "Ally" mean?

“Ally” refers to anyone who does not identify as LGBTQIA+ (or any category within LGBTQIA+), and who has articulated their position of understanding and support for sexual minorities.
For example: a heterosexual person who is a gay ally. A cisgender lesbian woman who is a transgender ally.

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  • English Symposium -
    Pride Month 2022

    Cafetalk tutors from around the world talk about LGBTQ+ issues & pride!

    Date/Time June 16 (Thu), 2022 17:00〜 (JST)
    Seminar language English 90% Japanese 10%
    *The presentations will be in English but you can ask questions in Japanese as well!
    Price FREE


    Now released! Find the video below!↓

Live Seminar

  • Sexual Health and Wellness for All

    Want to learn about Sexual Health? Let's talk about prevention of STIs and unwanted pregnancy! This workshop welcomes everyone!

    Date/Time June 25 (Sat), 2022 13:00〜 (JST)
    Seminar language English 100%
    Price FREE
    Recording 500 Points


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Release Date: June 3rd, 2022

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