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- LGBT Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
I wish you a happy and meaningful Pride Parade. The world is watching you! Show the people who you are and that it is ok to love someone of the same gender. Inspire the many people who are still afraid. You are building a new future.
- JAMAICA / USA
WISHING I WAS THERE!!! をお持ちの方 AND ALL THE BEST AISHITE MASU :) @Tokyo_R_Pride
I’m so happy that my song has been chosen because I have been able to see various sides of life in Nichome (the gay district in Tokyo) ever since I was young. Have a lovely closing ceremony for the parade ♡
- Human rights campaigner
I send my solidarity and best wishes to Tokyo Pride. Have a fabulous event. Keep campaigning for LGBT dignity, respect, acceptance and human rights – in Japan and worldwide. Don’t accept homophobia. Dream of a world without anti-LGBT prejudice and discrimination. Help us make homophobia history.
Thank you so much everyone for the wonderful time! The weather was perfect, parade was fun and everyone was looking beautiful ;) I believe from my heart that gay rights are human rights, but unfortunately our society does not allow everyone to have the rights to love and live the life they wish. Our country needs to get over it. Let's keep working and keep showing our pride. The only way to change the country is to change its people's mind. Wipe out homophobia and educate people to understand LGBT <3 Love is Love xxx
- Human rights defender
- Manila, Philippines
Greetings from Manila, the Philippines! We, the members of Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas, stand in solidarity with the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Intersex and Queer (LBTIQ) community and their supporters in Tokyo, Japan as they hold the annual Tokyo Rainbow Pride (TRP) march on 28 April 2013, Sunday. As we proudly celebrate the successful push for marriage equality in Uruguay, New Zealand, France and other countries around the world this pride season, may we not forget the true spirit of pride: militant activism fighting for the liberation of all people who are oppressed based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. This remains to be the message of the Stonewall Inn riots, which pride marches around the world commemorate each year. In Japan, transgender people continue to face barriers to the full attainment of their rights as human beings. Recently, a court refused to recognize a transman as the legal father of a child. Transpeople in Japan are still required to be sterilized under the law, violating their right to found their own families. Men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM) communities continue to face stigma and those who contract HIV and AIDS are unable to access quality medical services because of shame and prejudice. Japanese LGBTIQ youth continue to face bullying in their families, schools and communities and fail to receive proper psychosocial support. As we march with pride on Sunday, let us not forget the work that still needs to be done towards promoting, upholding and fulfilling the basic human rights of LGBTIQ people not only in Japan but around the world. May our rainbow flags, parties, concerts, dances, costumes and celebration this Sunday of all that is great and good about our community be our commitment to continue the legacy of Stonewall and struggle for the equality of all. MABUHAY! Happy pride from Gender and Development Advocates (GANDA) Filipinas!
Sending love from San Francisco! ganbatte!
I am so glad to see this happening and to see how much international support there is!