Trailblazing artists, activists, and everyday people from across the spectrum of gender and sexuality defy social norms and dare to live unconventional lives in this kaleidoscopic view of LGBTQ culture in contemporary Japan. Meet figures like legendary erotic manga artist Gengoroh Tagame and Japan’s first openly transgender elected official, Aya Kamikawa; venture into underground hentai parties and phantasmagoric drag shows; and experience a dazzling rainbow of exhilarating expressions and uncompromised culture rarely seen in the Western world.
Founded by UCLA students in 1982, Outfest is the leading organization that promotes LGBTQ equality by creating, sharing and protecting LGBTQ stories on the screen. Outfest builds community by connecting diverse populations to discover, discuss and celebrate stories of LGBTQ lives. Over the past three decades Outfest has showcased thousands of films from around the world, educated and mentored hundreds of emerging filmmakers and protected more than 20,000 LGBTQ films and videos. Outfest is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.