Thousands March In Tokyo Rainbow Pride To Promote LGBTQ Equality

Tokyo Rainbow Pride had a great showing, as 5,000 people marched in the Pride parade to show support and promote equality for the LGBTQ community.

The celebration was suitably vibrant, with a huge amount of rainbow flags, banners and colourful costumes.

U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy appeared on stage at Yoyogi Park and said to the attendees: “Everyone should be able to marry whom they love.”

She was also joined by British Ambassador, Tim Hitchens, and Irish Ambassador, Anne Barrington at the event.

hinya Yamagata, co-representative of Tokyo Rainbow Pride, spoke to Asahi Shimbun of his hopes that Pride parades like this one can help push for a more inclusive society in Japan.

“We hope to spread social awareness and establish a law on a national level recognising same-sex couples. I know the United States took a long time, step by step [in legalising same-sex marriages]. I am sure that in Japan this movement seems to be growing, and we are here to support that.”

You can see some photos from the Pride parade below, taken by Taiwan Tongzhi Hotline Association. Have you followed us on Facebook and Twitter?


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Thousands March In Tokyo Rainbow Pride To Promote LGBTQ Equality
Thousands marched in Tokyo Rainbow Pride to promote LGBTQ+ equality in Japan.