‘Lesbian Boys’ photobook hits Japan stores

Naoko Tachibana says she wants to remove negative perceptions about crossdressers and make the world aware of their beauty

‘Lesbian Boys’ photobook hits Japan stores
03 August 2013

They cuddle unabashedly, show off their long, lovely legs in floral dresses, and put on eye makeup with a practiced hand.

With their flawless skin, shiny, straight hair and porcelain looks they are the embodiment of the Lolita-esque prettiness inspired by the Hello Kitty brand.

However, these are no teenaged schoolgirls but young Japanese men who crossdress as women, some doing so to serve as waitresses at a crossdressing bar and café.

The images have been put together with love – and determination – by Japanese photographer Naoko Tachibana in her photobook Yuri Danshi, released ceremoniously on 31 July.

Yuri Danshi means lesbian boys and the book, priced at roughly $20, hopes to help eradicate the negative perception that the world has of crossdressers.

‘I’m a woman but I love people who crossdress,’ Tachibana told Rocketnews24. ‘To me it’s clear that if they are cute or beautiful it doesn’t matter what gender they are.’

Tachibana, who runs a studio with a male crossdressing clientele and advocates against the ban on crossdressing at some events in Japan, says the popular perception that men should be a certain way is “disrespectful”.

‘Don’t judge these (crossdressers) from the viewpoint a man or woman is expected to have but by what naturally moves your heart,’ she says.

‘Then you will see it a different way.’

However, it reqired a tough struggle to get a publisher for her book. After several rejections, the project was finally accepted by My Way Publishing.

The launch was followed by a promotional event in Tokyo Friday that was attended by the photographer as well as some of the male models. Five of the nine models work in a crossdressing bar and café.

Last year, Rocketnews24 reported there was a mushrooming of people in drag. However, unlike the original drag queens, who favored stylish clothing and pronounced makeup, the new breed consisted of middle-aged men who simply wore women’s clothes without making any attempt to hide their forms or features.

In 2008, the Daily Mail reported the transformation of septuagenarian Malcolm Murdoch, a former British Ministry of Defense official, who won permission to dress as a geisha, and donned the identity of Mary Murdoch.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Croatian Brown Bears in a wildlife sanctuary are in a six year same-sex relationship

Researchers have documented a pair of male brown bears in a Croatian wildlife sanctuary who have been over heels for each other for six years
No thumbnail available

Malaysia blogger slammed for sex vid claims

Raja Petra Kamarudin attacks former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim over sodomy trial and new sex video allegations
No thumbnail available

My gay Ibiza: Scott Dempster on Spain's sexiest isle

Rooftop bar manager on club tips, culture and getting away from the madness
No thumbnail available

Israel culture ministry in bid to axe gay film festival

Tel Aviv’s LGBT film festival narrowly survives a bid by Israel's culture ministry to have it shut only to face funding discrimination
No thumbnail available

Black and gay voters pitted against each other

Anti-gay marriage group tried to 'drive a wedge' between black and gay Americans
No thumbnail available

Adam Lambert says new album explores both dark and light themes

Trespassing will include music written from singer's own experiences
No thumbnail available

Uni should take urgent action against anti-gay Muslim extremists

Gay Muslim advocate Omar Kuddus demands a swift response to the students who called on gays to be killed for kissing
No thumbnail available

A Catholic prays his church will stop hurting gay people

After gay hater Catholic Cardinal Keith O’Brien admitted 'sexual misconduct' with his own priests, one gay man whose felt frozen out of the church by him shares his story
No thumbnail available

Lebanon medical chiefs ban gay anal probe tests

The Lebanese Medical Association act after 36 men get anal probes and ban discredited 'torture' tests but public prosectuor wants to keep them
No thumbnail available

HRC's Corporate Equality Index

The definitive listing of LGBTI-friendly employees in the US