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Japan backs transgender people using the bathroom that matches their gender in landmark court case

It’s illegal to impose restrictions on the bathrooms that trans people can use, a court in Japan has ruled. A trans woman brought her case against the government to a court in Tokyo, arguing that her workplace discriminated against her when it limited the bathrooms that she could use. The woman, who worked for the government at the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry, will be paid damages of ¥1.32 million. It’s the first ruling in Japan in favour of a person suffering workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation...
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A transgender woman was mocked and outed without her consent on live TV

A television station in Japan has issued an apology to a transgender woman after they outed and mocked her on television without her consent. The woman was featured on television show Shumatsu Chigumaya Kazoku, which translates as ‘Weekend Yamaguchi Family’ on Television Yamaguchi Broadcasting Systems earlier this month. “ didn’t give me any explanation beforehand, and I never thought my gender would be exposed in such a way,” the Japanese woman said. She was interviewed for a segment in which a presenter speaks to people who are “unusual” in public....
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Partnerships, politics, and Japan’s own Stonewall Riot

In July last year, a lawmaker from Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), Mio Sugita, said LGBTI people were ‘unproductive’. It caused a big problem. Around 5,000 people protested outside the party headquarters in Tokyo. The protests by mainly young LGBTI Japanese were widely covered by national media. I was proud to see the community publicly denounce homophobia. They were unafraid to show their faces and give their names. Some called this Japan’s Stonewall Riot. The 50th anniversary of New York’s Stonewall Riots gives a chance to reflect on the...
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