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Japanese School Officials Consider Gender Identity and School Uniforms

Asahi Shinbun 6/12/2017 On June 11, transgender and genderqueer high school students spoke about school uniforms at an event in Fukuoka City.

Pink Dot Okinawa 2017 to be Held in September 

Okinawa Times 6/8/2017 Pink Dot Okinawa, an event which hopes to build support to create a society where LGBT and other sexual minorities can live comfortably, will be…

Sapporo City to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships from June 1

Mainichi Shinbun 5/31/2017 Sapporo City will commence its “Partnership Oath System” on June 1st. The system will for the first time officially recognize same-sex couples in the city….

Over 100,000 Attend Tokyo Rainbow Pride; Appeal for LGBT-Inclusive Society

Livedoor News 5/9/2017 Over two days on May 6th and 7th, an estimated 105,000 individuals attended Tokyo Rainbow Pride to appeal for the creation of a society where…

Setagaya Ward Announces Same-Sex Partnership Milestone; 50 Couples Registered

NHK 5/3/2017 It has been announced that 50 couples have registered using the same-sex partnership system in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. The ward plans to continue to advance its policies…

Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2017 Kicks Off; Democratic Party Leader Makes Address

Blogos 5/1/2017 Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2017 will take place at various locations in Tokyo from April 29th through May 7th. The event aims to deepen the understanding of LGBT and other…

Japanese Student Film Imagines a World Where Homosexuality is Majority

Asahi Shinbun Digital 4/2/2017 “Following similar movements across Europe and the Americas, the National Diet has prohibited heterosexuality in Japan.” ‘The Other Side’ , created last year by…

Urasoe City, Okinawa Declares Support For LGBT, Raises Rainbow Flag

Ryukyu Shimpo 1/4/2017 On the morning of January 4th, the city of Urasoe raised a rainbow flag, the symbol of sexual diversity, in front of city hall. At…

Sapporo City to Recognize Same-Sex Couples

NHK 12/22/2016 In 2017, the city of Sapporo will implement a system that recognizes the relationships of same-sex couples as “equivalent to marriage”. It will become the first…