Mayor of Fukuoka City surprises participants in Kyushu Rainbow Pride.

the center: Mr.Takashima, Mayor of Fukuoka City Kyushu Rainbow Pride 2017 took place on November 5th in Reisen Park, Fukuoka City, attracting as many as seven thousand participants. The venue was filled with excitement. In Reisen Park, the participants were enjoying booths run by Consulate of the United States in Fukuoka and many local companies such as Rainbow Soup and haco. Even big companies such as JAL and Hakata Marui were running booths. There were also some booths for children this year. Around the stage area, local drag queens, Bourbonne, Shimoji Masaaki, Kiyotaka, and members of Nijigumi Fight were entertaining
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Kanako Otsuji elected as a member of the House of Representatives.

On October 22nd, the House of Representatives election was held and Kanako Otsuji, an openly lesbian politician, was elected as a member of the House of Representatives. She is the first openly lesbian member of the House of Representatives in Japan. Ms. Otsuji became a prefectural assembly member in Osaka in 2003. In 2005, same-sex couples became able to live together in a housing owned by Osaka because of her effort. In addition to that, she published a book titled “Coming Out – a journey to find my true self- ” and publicly came out as a lesbian the same
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Gender Research Library, first special library for gender studies to open on the campus of Nagoya University.

Nagoya University announced that it will open Gender Research Library, the first special library for gender studies in Japan on November 1st. At Gender Research Library, people can have access to over 40,000 books and documents related to gender. It was built for the bettering of gender studies and providing more information related to gender. Anyone can use this library and it is likely to be a hot topic. There will be books on the history of women’s human rights and discrimination based on gender and diaries written by gay women in Gender Research Library. There will be six bathrooms.
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Shinjuku Isetan held an event with a lot of drag queens.

On October 14th, Saturday, a fabulous event “PINK FOR ALL! Fashion Parade” was held at Shinjuku Isetan. The event livened up Shinjuku when many drag queens showed up. It was held as part of Shinjuku Town Festival 2017. Shinjuku Town Festival 2017 is an event aimed at spreading the charms of Shinjuku area as the town that embraces diversity the most in the world . This year marked the 38th anniversary. On the special stage on Shinjuku Street, Fashion Stage was held featuring a variety of performers from 12:30p.m to 4p.m. PINK FOR ALL! Fashion Parade was the last stage
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Science Council of Japan (SCJ) releases policy recommendation of achieving marriage equality and establishing laws that ban discrimination against LGBTQ.

On September 29th, Science Council of Japan (SCJ) released policy recommendation: “Protection of Human Rights of Sexual Minorities. Engagement, Education and Labour.” ※SCJ was established in January 1949 as a “special organization” under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister, operating independently of the government, for the purpose of promoting and enhancing the field of science, and having science reflected in and permeated into administration, industries and people’s lives. It represents Japan’s scientists both domestically and internationally with the firm belief that science is the foundation upon which a civilized nation is built. SCJ is extremely active in its deliberations, helping
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Izumi Hosaka, a MtF transgender person elected in the city of Nemuro.

Izumi Hosaka, an openly MtF transgender woman living in the city of Nemuro, Hokkaido won her first election on September 10th. Twenty people ran for that election and she obtained the fifth most votes. Ms. Hosaka is registered as a man on family registry in Japan, but she lives as a woman and she openly came out as a transgender when she ran for that election. Another good news is the city of Nemuro stopped dividing candidates by sex from this election in response to the petition she made to the city for the abolishment of gender section on an
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Intersex people are now able to change their gender status on family registry without sex change operation.

The image pic of drama “IS -not a man or a woman-”. Both of leading actresses are very famous in Japan. It was found that the family court allowed two intersex persons in their twenties, who were born as girls, but identified as male due to disorders of sex development (DSD), to change their gender status on the family registry without sex change operation in 2015 and 2016. The family court’s decision is something we should celebrate because the inability to change gender status on the family registry had been a big obstacle for intersex people to alleviate gender dysphoria.
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New guidelines for LGBTQ kids in foster home to take effect.

Megumi Fuji, the chief of Rainbow Foster Care. On August 17th, Child and Family Policy Bureau announced to Child Welfare Divisions all over Japan that new guidelines for LGBTQ kids in foster home will take into effect. In childcare facilities, the number of LGBTQ children who have difficulties different from other children has been on the rise and childcare specialists sometimes face situations which are difficult to approach with old-fashioned guidelines. The new guidelines will help officials and staff working in childcare fields have better awareness of sexual minority and ask them to achieve better understanding of LGBTQ kids among
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Good Aging Yells to open “Pride House Tokyo”, an information center on LGBT and sports during the 2020 Summer Olympics.

The right person is Mr. Matsunaka. At the pride house in Rio de Janeiro Olympic. A Tokyo-based nonprofit advocacy organization for LGBT, Good Aging Yells announced its plan to open “Pride House Tokyo”, an information center on LGBT and sports during the 2020 Summer Olympics. Good Aging Yells joined an international conference hosted by Pride House International in Toronto, 2014. Since then, the NPO has had a series of discussion with other support groups that participated in the conference, leading to the announcement that the NPO would host “Pride House Tokyo.” “Pride House Tokyo” aims to play four roles. In
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Kunihiro Maeda of Bunkyo Ward openly came out as gay at the news conference of LGBT League.

Photo at press conference about LGBT League. Kunihiro Maeda is second person from the right. On July 6th, five LGBT assembly members, including Aya Uekawa of Setagaya Ward, Taiga Ishikawa of Toshima Ward, Wataru Ishizaka of Nankan Ward, Tomoya Hosoda of Iruma City and Kunihiro Maeda of Bunkyo Ward, held a news conference to announce that they have set up a league for protecting the rights of sexual minorities. Kunihiro Maeda of Bunkyo Ward came out as gay for the first time in public. LGBT League is aimed at (1) establishing ordinances and making policy measures that protect the rights
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