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Thursday, April 23, 2015, 14:30 - 15:30

Expectation and Challenge to the First Same-sex Marriage Ordinance
Fumino Sugiyama
Co-representative of Tokyo Rainbow Pride, Transgender
Former fencer on the women's national team with a gender identity disorder
Shinya Yamagata
Co-representative of Tokyo Rainbow Pride, Gay
Koyuki Higashi
LGBT activist, Former Takarazuka actress, Lesbian
Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation

 The Future for LGBT Rights in Japan

 Shibuya Ward's passage of an ordinance to issue certificates recognizing same-sex couples as being in relationships "equivalent to marriage" has raised awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people(LGBT) in Japan. A symbolic marriage earlier this month between two lesbian actresses highlighted this shift.

 Ahead of this weekend's Rainbow Pride in Tokyo, three gay-rights activists will come to the FCCJ to discuss the event and issues facing the LGBT community. They will discuss their response to Shibuya's ordinance, and the current situation of sexual minorities in Japan

 Fumino Sugiyama, a former fencer on the women's national team with a gender identity disorder, wrote about his issues in a best-selling book, and now travels around the country giving lectures. He was chair of Tokyo Rainbow Week in 2013 and 2014.

 Shinya Yamagata is a founding member of Rainbow Pride, and has been chair of the organization since 2012.

 Koyuki Higashi, the CEO of Trois Couleurs Co., had the first same-sex "marriage" at Tokyo DisneySea and manages the online LGBT site "Koyuhiro salon."

 Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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Fumino Sugiyama               Shinya Yamagata               Koyuki Higashi

 

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