Is Japan ready for the LGBTQ revolution?

| Jul 30, 2016

Is Japan ready for the LGBTQ revolution?

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This past spring, at a restaurant in Tokyo’s upscale Omotesando neighborhood, I encountered something new in Tokyo: a prominent sign written in English on the door of the communal WC declaring it “gender-free.” In recent years, there have been a number of encouraging signs ...

Transgender woman makes history by addressing delegates at DNC

Jul 29, 2016

Transgender woman makes history by addressing delegates at DNC

Sarah McBride on Thursday became the first openly transgender person to address a national U.S. political party convention, telling Democrats that White House nominee Hillary Clinton “understands the urgency” of the fight for equality. “My name is Sarah McBride and I am a proud ...

Japan Inc. tiptoes onto LGBT bandwagon

Jul 28, 2016

Japan Inc. tiptoes onto LGBT bandwagon

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Businesses are increasingly showing support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as Japan comes to acknowledge LGBT needs and concerns. Companies are sponsoring parades, gatherings and other events that aim to draw attention to LGBT people and the issues they face. Japan Airlines ...

Bilingual guidebook to help LGBT community in natural disasters

Jul 20, 2016

Bilingual guidebook to help LGBT community in natural disasters

A bilingual guideline designed for sexual minorities during times of natural disasters has been published in a bid to raise public awareness about problems they may face at emergency shelters. Titled “Rainbow Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Guide,” the leaflet, written in Japanese and ...