TOKYO RAINBOW PRIDE PARADE
The Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade saw high levels of participation this year. With thousands of people marching through Yoyogi Park on May 7 and 8. To raise awareness of Japan’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. The march comes at a time when many LGBT Japanese people are still struggling with violence, threats and discrimination based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Last year, Tokyo made headway by acknowledging same-sex partnerships in its Shibuya and Setagaya Wards. However, nationwide laws have not yet been reformed. While social acceptance of sexual minorities is growing in Japan, young people who identify as LGBT are often harassed and bullied. In Japanese schools as noted in a recent report by Human Rights Watch. HRW cited inadequate teacher training as one factor that contributes to the rampant homophobic and transphobic incidents in the country’s schools. Along with the government’s failure to protect marginalized students. LGBT people also face prejudice in Japan’s rural areas, participants at this year’s Tokyo pride parade told HuffPost Japan. Parade-goers spoke of the dreams they have for their personal lives. As well as, for the country’s social and legal conditions for LGBT communities.
CELEBRATE TOKYO RAINBOW PRIDE
Tokyo Rainbow Pride is an event celebrating the diversity of Tokyo’s LGBT community. The event features an approximately 3km parade around the Harajuku/Shibuya area. On Sunday with participants marching and riding on floats. Tokyo Rainbow Week celebrates LGBT pride with a host of events. Including a rip-roaring parade that last year saw thousands of people gather and take to the streets. In fancy dress, make up & costume alongside floats. This year’s parade is scheduled for May 8. With a variety of booths opened in Yoyogi Park by LGBT-friendly companies and artists on the preceding day. The rest of the week’s itinerary is listed on tokyorainbowpride.com. Welcoming folks of all genders and orientations. Rainbow Week is sure to offer something for everyone. The Festival in Yoyogi Park takes place on both the Saturday and the Sunday.