Tokyo Pride Highlights Local GLBT Community

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Around 2000 people marched through the Shibuya district of Tokyo to celebrate GLBT pride.

In a Japanese first, Shibuya passed ordinance allowing partnership registration for same-sex couples this year. It’s part of a slow growth of awareness of GLBT issues in a largely socially conservative country.

Parade organise Fumino Sugiyama said this was noticeable in the public’s reaction to the parade.
He told Japan Times: “The mood is definitely different this year. All the flyers or other goods we have prepared for visitors are disappearing like mad.”

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“Since sexuality is something invisible, the issue of GLBT people tends to be regarded as non-existent unless they make their voices heard.”

“The purpose of this event is to make GLBT people visible, but do it in a cheerful, funny way.”

Article | Levi Joule.

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