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Tokyo Pride makes for a hot Shibuya
Blogmensgo, gay blog of 29 April 2015) This year's Gay Pride has put Tokyo's Shibuya neighborhood at a buzz on 26 April 2015. This year, the Tokyo Rainbow Pride was more openly protest by demanding equal rights for all couples to marriage.
Below, a brief report of Euronews video in no comment section:
The Japanese Constitution prohibits gay marriage, but it does not prohibit LGBT activists to march to get it. There was actually some 3,000 people, beating the pavement of Shibuya, one of the trendiest and shopping districts of Tokyo (and to think I missed it by two weeks, but at least got to see the cherry blossom).
Gay Pride in Shibuya was without tanks or total interruption of traffic, unlike the LGBT parades in Berlin, São Paulo and Paris. In Tokyo, participants, however, were generously provided with t-shirts, banners, banners, signs, logos and slogans of a rainbow sky. The futuristic type of cosplay clothes were also part of the party, according to Euronews.
The wedding open request to all Japanese couples was part of this year in the very specific context of gay civil unions established by the Borough Hall in Shibuya. Although it does not take effect until July 2015, constitutes a marriage at a discount and only concerns the only district of Shibuya, the future "certificate of union" could serve as a real booster to the cause of LGBT the Japanese archipelago.
Another novelty of the 2015 edition is that for the first time the Tokyo Rainbow Pride takes place over two days and thus not limited to its traditional parade through the streets of the capital. The day of April 25 has even sounded the start of a Rainbow Week, a week full - until May 6 - of cultural events and workshops, sports, health, recreational or festive.
Indeed, the general public seemed to be more responsive to LGBT claims than in previous editions.
Companies have also taken an active part in the parade, either by introducing an official delegation, either by staking the golf friendly wickets. American Gap, Goldman Sachs and Google each held a stop teaching them. Employees of large Japanese companies, like Nomura Holdings and Dentsu, carried banners with the logo of their company in proclaiming their commitment to equality and LGBT diversity.
According to figures released April 23, 2015 by the advertising agency Dentsu from an online survey, the LGBT community now represents 7.6% of the population, against 2.4% according to a similar study 2012.
This article has been translated from our French blog, to view the original, click here.