Clubs for sexual minorities such as gays and lesbians are increasing throughout the nation's university campuses.
And though there is a growing trend toward same-sex relationships, homosexual students felt there were limited opportunities for them to get together outside of school.
In response, a group of gay and lesbian students from Tokyo
universities started organizing
S-cool! Boyz & Girlz
nights—events held at a nightclub in Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, where
mostly university student sexual minorities could get together and
have a good time.
Events for homosexual student clubs were becoming stereotypical,
focusing on nights out at restaurants, or on the booze, says one
of the organizers of the gay nights.
Some groups started to have
discussion meetings, but we felt they were too formal. We wanted an
event that had a perfect balance.
S-cool! Boyz & Girlz nights are the brainchild of gay clubs
from Keio University, Sophia University and the Tokyo University of
Foreign Studies, with the support of clubs at another 10
universities. The nights have been held four times since their
inception in November last year. All proceeds from the nights are
devoted to furthering awareness of sexually transmitted diseases,
including AIDS. About 400 people turned up to the last gathering,
which was held in July.
Most university gay clubs have few chances to get together with
students from other universities. However,
S-cool! Boyz &
Girlz nights provide them with a chance to do so. With organizers
collecting lists of attendees and a volleyball competition slated for
the future, the nights aim to promote networking between members of
the individual groups.
S-cool! Boyz & Girlz nights are open to anyone who'd
like to attend. Many attendees say that even though they're not
openly gay, the nights have been worthwhile for providing them with a
chance to meet people of similar inclination.
For minorities, simply being able to get together provides an
enormous amount of reassurance. Knowing you're not alone gives you
a bit of a chance to affirm the choice you've made is right, a
S-cool! Boyz & Girlz organizer says.
Anyway, we just
want people to have a good time.
For more information about
S-cool! Boyz & Girlz nights,