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Last Naked Man Festival after 1000 year history

Participants have girded their loins in a fundoshi for the last time as Japan’s Somin-sai or naked man festival comes to an end after a 1,000 year history. The Somin-sai festival is one of three Hadaka Matsuri or nakled man festivals held in Japan annually. Despite freezing winter temperatures, thousands of men stripped every year …

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Japan Supreme Court declares mandatory sterilisation ‘unconstitutional’ for gender change applicants

Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled laws mandating sterilisation for transgender people seeking to legally affirm their gender as ‘unconstitutional’. Since 2004, transgender people in Japan who want to legally affirm their gender have to appeal to a family court. Under the Gender Identity Disorder Special Cases Act, applicants must undergo a psychiatric evaluation, be surgically sterilized …

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Cheers as court in Japan rules against ban on same-sex marriage

A court in Japan has ruled that the country’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, putting pressure on the government to act. In 2019, a gay male couple filed the lawsuit after they tried to register their same-sex marriage and were rejected. The Nagoya District Court this week ruled in their favour, putting pressure on …

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Japanese PM Fumio Kishida fires aide for homophobia

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida dismissed senior aide Masayoshi Arai earlier today over homophobic remarks made to members of the local media. Masayoshi Arai worked as an economic and trade advisor on Fumio Kishida’s staff since October. In December, the government demanded a vice minister apologise for past remarks she made against members of the …

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Partial victory for gay couple in Japanese residency case

A Tokyo court refused on Friday to grant long-term Japanese residency to the American husband of a Japanese man. However, Judge Yoshitaka Ichihara ruled that Andrew High should be granted a ‘designated activities’ visa because of his marriage to partner Kohei. The pair originally met when Kohei lived in California in 2004. They have been …

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Tom Daley reveals what he was knitting in that viral Olympics photo

British diver Tom Daley has shared what he has working on after he went viral for knitting while poolside at the Tokyo Olympics. The athlete went viral after cameras caught him sitting in the stands in Tokyo knitting as he watched men’s and women’s diving events. After the photos and footage did the rounds, many …

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Grindr slams TikTok users for outing Olympic athletes in Tokyo

TikTok and Twitter users have been slammed for exposing queer athletes at the Olympics in Tokyo by sharing their Grindr profiles. The social media platforms’ users have used Grindr’s “Explore” feature to navigate to the Tokyo’s Olympic Village. Insider has reported at least four TikTok posts and 10 tweets have included profiles of Olympic athletes. …

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Diver Tom Daley wins his first ever gold medal at Tokyo Olympics

British diver Tom Daley has won his first Olympic gold medal. The out 27-year-old and his diving partner Matty Lee scored gold in their men’s synchronised 10m platform event at the Tokyo Games, with a score of 471.81. After their dive, the pair watched on as their Chinese rivals Cao Yuan and Chen Aisen performed …

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Japanese court rules same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional

A Japanese court has ruled the country’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. The Sapporo court ruled that the ban denies same-sex couples the equality guaranteed under the Japanese constitution. LGBTIQ+ activists across Japan declared the court’s decision both a symbolic victory and a step forward. Same-sex couples across Japan are seeking damages in various district courts …

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Michael Kirby calls for transgender law reform

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has urged Japan to end its “regime” of forcing transgender people to undergo invasive surgery in order to get legal recognition. The distinguished Australian lawyer is co-chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute. Kirby told Japanese lawmakers there’s “no excuse” for not reforming gender recognition laws. “The …

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