Japan: Largest LGBT Pride Parade Held In Tokyo

On Sunday 6th May, the largest LGBT Pride march so far, with around 7,000 participants, was held in central Tokyo, to bring attention to LGBT issues and to promote equality.

Members of all sections of the LGBT community took part, with rainbow-coloured banners highlighting the importance of tolerance in society, and using the word ‘equal’.

Although same-sex couples do not have the same legal protections as heterosexual couples, some cities issue partnership certificates to same-sex couples as a way of recognising their relationships.

A 2013 poll showed a 54% agreement that homosexuality should be accepted by society, and in most cities, discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is banned. A poll held in 2015 found that the majority of Japanese supported the legalisation of same-sex marriage.

-MKB

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