Japan

LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

Japan’s first gay elected member of parliament visits SF

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 and only LGBTQ politician currently…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2022

Tokyo Court Denies Transgender Parent Legal Rights To Own Child

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 steps toward inclusion and equal…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2022

Japan court refuses to recognise trans woman as parent of child born after transition

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 her child, while the child…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2022

Transgender influencers use platforms to promote acceptance in Asia

In the time of the internet, new influencers are becoming famous every day. Some dance to someone’s else songs for viewership. Some talk about different gadgets, while others use the platform to…

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ADDED ON: 06/23/2022

Japan’s LGBT Activists Undeterred By Marriage Ruling

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 referred only to male-female unions,…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2022

Japan court upholds ban on same-sex marriage.

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 activists in the only Group…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2022

Tokyo moves to allow same-sex partnerships, but not as legal marriage

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 same-sex unions as legal marriages.…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2022

JOC signs framework agreement with LGBTQ hub Pride House Tokyo.

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 Yamashita said the move came…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2022

This Woman Channeled Her Pandemic Anxiety Into A Campaign For LGBTQ Rights In Tokyo.

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 the 2022 fiscal year. Same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 02/08/2022

30% of Japan areas with LGBT partnership system have mutual accords

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 other municipalities to simplify reapplication…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2022

Beyond Boundaries: Drag Queen of Tokyo

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 centre and event space located…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2022

First non-binary Winter Olympian challenges ice skating stereotypes

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 gender stereotypes and pave the…

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