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— by Maxwell Freedman: Gengoroh Tagame is widely regarded as Japan’s most influential creator of gay manga. Both as a mangaka and an art historian, Tagame has paved the way for different types of gay representation in the medium. His stories and art range from graphic, pornographic depictions of BDSM and hypermasculinity to all-ages manga addressing homophobia and unconventional families in Japan. Tagame is a co-founder of the G-men magazine and an openly gay artist…

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