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“Let’s achieve a future where everybody is respected as an individual, despite differences in their sexuality.”
By
Sam Carroll

8 May 2017 - 11:25 AM  UPDATED 8 May 2017 - 11:25 AM

Thousands of LGBTIQ people marched in Tokyo’s annual Rainbow Pride event, advocating for change and respect regardless of sexuality.

Rainbow Pride Week runs from April 29 to May 7 in Tokyo, culminating in a march on the final day, with the sixth edition of the event heralding a more equitable future.

“I believed that nothing would change. But, little by little, things are starting to change,” the flyers read.

“Let’s achieve a future where everybody is respected as an individual, despite differences in their sexuality.”

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Attended by close to 5,000 people, the parade was sponsored by 190 companies – an event record, with well-known names such as Sony and Google among the backers. 

Having passed a law in 2015 declaring legally-binding same-sex partnership certificates as having the same legal standing as traditional marriages, Mayor of the Shibuya district where the march was held Ken Hasebe posted a message of support on the event’s website.

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“I find it important to create an atmosphere in which all LGBT people, not just couples but also children and adults, can feel comfortable living.” Hasebe said. 

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