Restroom signs for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have drawn an unexpected backlash from sexual minorities in Japan. The city of Osaka put a rainbow-colored sticker representing sexual diversity on the doors of unisex multipurpose restrooms in municipal government buildings in hopes of making it easier for LGBT people to use them. The city withdrew the measure following complaints from LGBT people. Multipurpose restrooms are designed for easy use by elderly people and people in wheelchairs, regardless of gender. An official at the Yodogawa Ward Office in Osaka came up with the idea to put the sticker on such facilities after attending a lecture by a nonprofit organization supporting LGBT people.
May 29 / Japan Times