When 24-year-old Koki Hayashi first came out to his mom, he was a junior in college.
"I just kind of said it quickly, 'Hey, I’m gay,'" he recalls.
“Stop it. That’s disgusting,” she said, according to Hayashi. That really hurt.
Japan — unlike the US — doesn't have a Puritan history that says homosexuality is some kind of cardinal sin. And for years it wasn't uncommon to see a cross-dresser on TV giving fashion advice or a Japanese cartoon with gay characters.