So, homosexuality is somewhat of an anomaly in Japan.
Person A: I heard there are a lot in America.
Person B: Really?
Person A: Yeah, they even have parades and stuff.
Pirate: Hey Chan-san, are there a lot of gay people in America?
Me: Uh, kind of depends where you are.
Pirate: How about Seattle?
Me: Yeah, there are some there.
Pirate: Did you know any?
Pirate: What are they like!?
At first I just chalked it off to Japan being more rigid than America, but a recent turn of events has caused me to rethink this stance. Namely Matsuko Deluxe. This guy (yes, guy) appears on television quite frequently and has quite a bit of popularity. And after paying a bit more attention, I realized there are actually quite a few celebrities like him. It seemed kind of odd to me that Japanese people could be so afraid of/fascinated by homosexuality and not even bat an eye at people making a living by dressing and acting like the opposite gender. To validate my finding I decided to consult Seven. Seven is a custodian (more or less) that I talk to quite frequently during breaks from work.
Me: So I’ve recently realized something.
Me: People in Japan aren’t really used to the idea of homosexuality right?
Me: But you guys are totally okay with transvestites?
Me: Doesn’t that seem kind of odd to you?
Seven: Not really.
Me: So if I told you I have a friend who was a transvestite you wouldn’t care at all?
Seven: I guess it would be a little weird, I mean I’ve only ever seen them on TV.
Me: But if I told you I have a gay frien…
Seven: ZOMFG Really?!
This kind of also explains why my Japanese teacher was so eager for me to cross dress for a skit but so shocked when she mistook me for being gay -_-;;