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Same-sex couples in Japan navigate the joys and challenges of parenthood

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Marina Ito and Shoko Kojima have always wanted children. Since both identify as lesbians, they believed they had to choose between living true to their sexuality or resigning themselves to being with men in order to become mothers. Yet when they started dating three years ago, social media – Twitter in particular – was abuzz with more and more stories of lesbian couples sharing their experiences of parenthood.

“Seeing these stories made us realize that it was possible for us to have the life we ​​had always wanted – to be together and have children,” says Kojima, who, like Ito, asked to use a pseudonym to protect his family’s privacy. “It was like a dream come true.”

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