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Added on: 12/02/2022
12/01/2022
A court in Japan’s capital has upheld a ban on same-sex marriage but said a lack of legal protection for same-sex families violated their human rights. Japan…

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Added on: 11/14/2022
Hundreds of people rallied in Tokyo to highlight the urgency of calls to protect the rights of transgender people. Organizers estimated that about 1,000 people, Japanese and foreign…

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Added on: 11/09/2022
11/08/2022
Education about sexual minorities in Japanese schools is relatively non-existent. But one 6th grader named Ui is hoping to educate children about LGBTQ+ people with her picture…

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Added on: 11/02/2022
11/01/2022
In what LGBTQ+ people in Japan hope is a harbinger of marriage equality, Tokyo’s city government began issuing partnership certificates to same-sex couples Tuesday. The certificates allow…

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Added on: 10/30/2022
10/30/2022
Out of Japan’s LGBTQ teens, 48.1% thought about committing suicide over the past year and 14% made an attempt, according to a recent survey by a nonprofit…

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Added on: 10/24/2022
10/23/2022
TOKYO — Many sexual minorities in Japan are experiencing mental suffering, with nearly half of LGBTQ children and young people having thought about suicide in the past…

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Added on: 10/11/2022
10/10/2022
A system to register same-sex partnerships opened for applications in Tokyo on Tuesday, in a symbolic step forward for a country that has fallen behind its peers…

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Added on: 09/17/2022
San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society Museum welcomed Taiga Ishikawa, Japan’s first gay member of parliament, during his recent visit to San Francisco. Ishikawa, 48, is Japan’s highest-ranking…

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Added on: 09/12/2022
09/11/2022
The journey toward equality for the LGBTQ+ community in Japan has been something of a ping-pong match over the past few years. The country has indeed taken…

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Added on: 08/21/2022
08/19/2022
A Japanese court on Friday ruled that only the child born before a trans woman went through her surgical and legal transition could be recognised legally as…

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Added on: 06/23/2022
06/22/2022
LGBTQ rights in Japan suffered a blow on June 20, when a court in the country’s third-most populous city ruled that freedom of marriage in the constitution…

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Added on: 06/21/2022
06/20/2022
A court in Osaka has dismissed a lawsuit that argued Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The ruling on Monday dealt a setback to LGBTQ rights…

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Added on: 06/16/2022
The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday adopted legislation recognizing same-sex partnerships, which will extend some rights that apply to married heterosexual couples but falls short of allowing…

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Added on: 06/14/2022
The Japanese Olympic Committee on Monday signed a framework agreement with the LGBTQ hub Pride House Tokyo to promote inclusiveness in the sporting world. JOC President Yasuhiro…

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Added on: 03/08/2022
In December 2021, Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, announced that a “partnership system” that publicly recognizes the relationships of same-sex couples would be adopted in the city during…

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Added on: 02/08/2022
02/05/2022
Over 30 percent of the 146 local governments in Japan that have introduced a same-sex partnership system as of Jan. 1 have also signed reciprocal agreements with…

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Added on: 02/05/2022
Madame Bonjour JohnJ is a drag queen/performer/activist who desires “a world of glitter beyond boundaries.”  Most of the week, JohnJ manages Community Centre Akta, a HIV/AIDS information…

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Added on: 01/28/2022
01/21/2022
LONDON, Jan 21 (Openly) – When Timothy LeDuc takes to the ice in Beijing as the first openly non-binary Winter Olympian, the figure skater aims to challenge…

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Added on: 01/11/2022
01/10/2022
Many welcomed Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s recent announcement that a same-sex partnership system would be introduced for all of Tokyo in fiscal 2022. But some LGBTQ activists…

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Added on: 01/07/2022
01/06/2022
A transgender woman was referred to prosecutors Thursday for suspected trespassing after using the ladies room in a commercial facility in Osaka, in a case an expert…

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Added on: 12/27/2021
As of Sunday, students applying to enter public high schools from next spring will no longer be required to specify their gender on the application form in…

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Added on: 12/20/2021
Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura and Christian pastor Yoshiki Nakamura share a belief that LGBTQ lifestyles and organized religion can coexist, even when Japanese society makes people believe that…

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Added on: 12/08/2021
12/07/2021
Tokyo Metropolitan government will start a system that effectively allows same-sex marriage in Japan’s capital in the next fiscal year from April, Japan’s Kyodo news wire reported…

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Added on: 10/19/2021
10/18/2021
The recent Tokyo Olympics offered hopes of Japan adopting more nuanced and inclusive views of LGBTQ lifestyles and challenges. As an example, 2018 saw the first-ever openly…

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Added on: 10/13/2021
A Japanese transgender man, Gen Suzuki, 46, has filed a court request to have his legal gender recognized as male without undergoing sterilization surgery as prescribed by…

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Added on: 09/29/2021
09/28/2021
Japan is about to get a new prime minister – and two candidates in particular have the potential to transform LGBT+ rights, including same-sex marriage. After the…

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Added on: 09/15/2021
A labor ministry office in Ibaraki, Osaka Prefecture, concluded that a transgender hospital worker’s mental health issues were the result of months of being misgendered by other…

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Added on: 08/14/2021
If LGBTQ athletes at the Tokyo Olympics were their own country, they would have been in the top 10 on the medal table. Around 180 athletes at…

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Added on: 08/08/2021
8/8/21
As the torch goes out at Japan National Stadium in Meiji-Jingu Park, the end has arrived for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games— dubbed “the rainbow Olympics” by…

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Added on: 08/08/2021
British diver Tom Daley says he is proud to be able to inspire other people as an openly gay athlete, but he is quick to add that…