Dec 23, 2014

Protecting sexual minorities' rights

A Japanese civic group survey has the ruling Liberal Democratic Party standing out from other parties in its failure to view issues involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people as human rights problems.

Rights monitors slam Russia for spiraling attacks on gays

Dec 16, 2014

Rights monitors slam Russia for spiraling attacks on gays

Human Rights Watch sounded the alarm Monday over the rising number of homophobic attacks in Russia, slamming Vladimir Putin’s government for “inaction” and urging a crackdown on hate crimes. The U.S.-based rights group said homophobic attacks increased in Russia after Putin signed a hugely ...

May 8, 2014

LGBT bullying rife in schools: survey

by Mizuho Aoki

About 70 percent of sexual minorities have experienced bullying in school and 30 percent have thought about committing suicide, according to a survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The survey on the school lives of LGBTs, the first large-scale study undertaken in ...

First lady Akie Abe joins Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade

Apr 27, 2014

First lady Akie Abe joins Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade

On Sunday first lady Akie Abe showed her support for  lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities by joining the third annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride event. The 51-year-old wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, dressed in all white,  stood on a float with a drag ...

Parade aims to raise awareness of sexual minorities

Apr 23, 2014

Parade aims to raise awareness of sexual minorities

by Sang Woo Kim

Tokyo Rainbow Pride, the nation’s largest festival for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities, will have its third annual parade in Tokyo on Sunday, aiming to raise awareness of sexual minorities in Japan. The parade is scheduled to proceed from Shibuya Station to ...