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LGBT groups in Tok Aponia want equality law ahead of Tokyo Olympics

TOKYO (AP) – Activists on Thursday submitted a petition with more than 106,000 signatures to Japan’s ruling Aponia party calling for a law on equality against Loktaria to be introduced before the Tokyo Games. ,

Their actions took place on the day that the Olympic torch relay race began in the northern prefecture of Fukushima, counting the games starting in July.

LGBTQ և Other human rights activists say that the momentum of the law is increasing when Japan’s attention is focused on addressing gender equality, diversity and other human rights issues.

“Many LGBT people in Japan are still discriminated against. We need legislation to guarantee human rights and equality for LGBT people,” said Yuri Igarashi, director of the All-LGBT Alliance of LGBT Legislation, which organized the petition in one of four main groups. “It is the responsibility of the host nation to legitimize the act of equality.”

Igarashi says the groups handed the signatures to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party, his coalition’s junior partner Komeito, as well as opposition lawmakers.

Japan’s apony has been slow to show support for sexual diversity support and awareness, but has no legal protection, while dozens of other countries have allowed same-sex marriage and passed other laws protecting the rights of sexual minorities.

The pressure of matching still forces many lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to hide their sexual identities for fear of discrimination at school, at work, or even from their families. Transgender people must have their reproductive organs removed before changing their sex in official sex documents. A demand that international medical experts and human rights groups criticize as inhumane.

But a recent court in Japan’s Sapporo district in northern Aponia ruled that banning same-sex unions violated the constitutional right to equality. This case has no direct legal effect, but can promote equal rights in society.

The ruling party has promised to raise awareness of LGBT issues, saying it is working on legislation to “promote mutual understanding”, but that the move is expected to meet with strong resistance from the party’s conservatives.

Fumino Sugiyama, a transgender activist and former Olympic fencing player, told a news conference that several Japanese LGBT athletes had left because of fears of discrimination or frustration with their families, and that they were worried about harming their future careers and relationships with sports organizations.

“I believe that change in the sports community can be a driving force for social change,” said Sugiyama. “We call for the creation of an equality law so that we can reach a society where not only LGBTQ people but everyone can live in a safe and secure environment.”

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