LGBT+: Diversity in Manga
- Exhibition and Tours
OPENING HOURS: Monday to Saturday 10:00–20:00 Sundays & Bank Holidays 12:00–18:00
This display explores the various ways in which gender and sexuality are portrayed in Japanese manga culture.
Exhibited works include ‘the god of manga’ TEZUKA Osamu’s 'Princess Knight' (Ribon no kishi) which depicts a cross-dressing female knight; and pieces from the shōnen-ai genre (also known as ‘Boys Love’ or ‘BL’), a category featuring romantic relationships between young male characters developed by mangaka including HAGIO Moto, TAKEMIYA Keiko and OSHIMA Yumiko, pioneering artists of shōjo manga ('girls comics'). The manga on display has been selected from different eras, but each work depicts diverse representations of gender and sexuality expression. Through the display, guests can understand how manga culture has played a role in helping to challenge and soften stereotypes and often rigid social norms in the somewhat conservative society of Japan, and as a result helped to generate increased acceptance of LGBT+ individuals and community.