Yaoi: The Art of Japanese Gay Comics

The Advocate's Tiara Chiaramonte breaks down the basics and gives us an introduction to the fascinating world of gay Japanese comics.

BY Tiara Chiaramonte

January 21 2014 1:19 AM ET

Yuri
Yuri is the term for lesbian mangas and animes. Yuri literally means lily and in Japan the term is synonymous with a long history in lesbian literature. Many Yuri comic books deal with politics, romance and occasionally sex.  However in the United States yuri has a more explicit meaning and is associated with hentai, Japanese cartoon porn.

Suggested Reading
Shiroi Heya no Futari (Our White Room) tells the story of two boarding school roommates who play Romeo & Juliet. When their stage kiss is perceived as passionate and real by their classmates vicious rumors spread. 

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