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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A transgender woman will be a Hollywood star.

  Keito has worked as wedding model, too. On July 1st, Asakura Kate, a male-to- female (MtF) transgender singer and fashion model, told her fans about her new career as a Hollywood star. Asakura Kate is a MtF transgender woman living with gender identity disorder (GID) in the city of Osaka. When she was a kid, she strongly believed that her male body would change into a female body as she grew up, but it didn’t. She was constantly told to “act like a real man” by many people and she started hiding her true feelings. After graduating from high
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A reform bill to allow same-sex couples to live in a municipally-owned housing in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.

Nobuto Hosaka, director of Setagaya Ward On June 22nd, the Congress of Setagaya Ward, Tokyo unanimously passed a reform bill to revise its municipal ordinance so that same-sex couples can live in municipal housing. Setagaya Ward will accept applications for municipal housing starting from this November. Setagaya Ward, well-known for its active campaign of introducing same- sex partnership system, tried to pass a reform bill to change the requirements where applicants must live in municipal housing with family members only. Same-sex couples are not regarded as family in Japan, so the requirements denied same-sex couples the use of municipal housing
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A transgender woman,who was denied the use of facilities as a woman, filed a lawsuit against Konami Sports Club Co and reached a settlement.

A transgender woman in the city of Kyoto reached a settlement in a dispute over the use of female facilities in Konami Sports Club Co. The transgender woman had been unable to change her gender status on the family register due to her underage daughter when she was denied the request by the fitness club. The manager of the club forced her to use male facilities “as a man” in the way of “not causing inconveniences to other users.” She filed a lawsuit with the Kyoto District Court and reached a settlement this month. Yuki Kono(a fictitious name), a transgender
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