Tag Archive | Japan

Japan: Gay couples file Valentine’s cases to marry

Japan: Gay couples file Valentine’s cases to marry

In Japan, 13 same-sex couples will go to court on Valentine’s Day calling for the right to marry, in a bid to become the first Asian country to allow gay marriage. The couples will file suits on February 14 in at least four cities, including Tokyo, claiming the government is violating their constitutional rights to […]

Japan: Gay couple to join legal challenge after marriage bid fails

Japan: Gay couple to join legal challenge after marriage bid fails

A couple who failed in an attempt to register their same-sex marriage in Japan vowed on Friday to take legal action to force the country to legalise gay weddings. Ai Nakajima and Kristina Baumann, who live in Yokohama, near Tokyo, attempted to register their marriage with local authorities on Wednesday after marrying in Germany last […]

Japan: 26 mock weddings for Japanese lesbian couple

Japan: 26 mock weddings for Japanese lesbian couple

A Japanese lesbian couple plan to stage wedding photos in every country around the world where same-sex marriage is legal, in a push to increase understanding of LGBT+ communities at home, they said on Wednesday. Students Misato Kawasaki, 21, and Mayu Otaki, 22, hope to give other LGBT+ people confidence in their identity, and raise awareness of issues such as […]

Japan: Largest LGBT Pride Parade Held In Tokyo

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’.

Japan: LGBT Group Call For Marriage Equality As Human Right

Japan: LGBT Group Call For Marriage Equality As Human Right

Yesterday, 7th July, members of the LGBT community in Japan filed a complaint with the Japan Federation of Bar Associations to have same-sex marriage recognised as a human right. Toshimasa Yamashita, a lawyer,  said that the JFBA will investigate the complaint, and may then issue a warning to the central government to rethink its strategy […]

Japan: Supreme Court Rules Trans Dad ‘Legitimate’

Japan: Supreme Court Rules Trans Dad ‘Legitimate’

In a country where the Ministry of Justice had held that, where there were no blood relations between trans parents and their children, the babies were illegitimate, the Supreme Court has ruled otherwise. A transgender man and his wife had had a child that was conceived  through artificial insemination,

UPDATE: Méric Pronounced Dead, Hollande Condemns Attack

The 18-year-old, left-wing, gay rights activist, Clément Méric, was pronounced dead yesterday evening at L’Hôpital de la Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris. Méric was attacked by a group of skinheads, believed by French media to have been linked to a neo-Nazi group in the capital. He was hit in the head with knuckle-dusters, according to eyewitnesses, […]