Tokyo ward to let sexual minorities pick their school, work uniforms


Tokyo’s Minato Ward plans to adopt the first ordinance in Japan that gives sexual minorities the freedom to choose school uniforms and work attire based on their own gender identity. The ward office intends to propose an ordinance amendment to grant “freedom of gender expression” for people identified as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) at a regular assembly session that starts in February and hopes to enforce it from April. Gender expression includes clothes, language and behavior that people use as an expression of their gender in society. Sexual minorities, particularly people who identify themselves as transgender, have faced difficulties in school and at work where they are required to wear gender-specific uniforms.

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