Survey of LGBTQ-Related Books Holdingat the Gender Equality Centers


  • Kazuyuki SUNAGA Kokugakuin University


Interest in LGBTQ people has increased in recent years in Japan. Although same-sex marriage is not tolerated at the national level, the same-sex partnership system, which began to be introduced in 2015 in Setagaya and Shibuya wards in Tokyo. An increasing number of local governments are enforcing similar system.

Materials on LGBTQ issues are available to citizens in public libraries, and the libraries of local government gender equality centers also hold these materials.

This study therefore investigates whether LGBTQ-related materials are held in the library of a gender equality center in Tokyo.


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Dentsu, (2021): Dentus Conducts 2020 LGBTQ+ Survey.

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Osaka City, (2019): Questionnaire on diversity and coexistence of work styles and lifestyles of Osaka citizens. (Reference. 2023-4-17)

Pride House Tokyo, (2022): LGBTQ Community Archive Catalog of Books