TOKYO -- A record of some 7,000 people marched in the "Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2018" parade around Yoyogi Park in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward on May 6, bringing the nine-day LGBT event to a grand close.
Operating under the slogan of "equality in love," while celebrating sexual diversity, this was the seventh time for the event to take place, having first started in 2012. About 150,000 people attended the festival over the nine-day period, a record high.
At Sunday's parade, the main event, there were floats campaigning for the enactment of same-sex marriage laws and a society in which no one is excluded. Participants chose to walk alongside their preferred floats, making statements such as, "My own sexual preference is down to me."
"Seeing people wave was very encouraging. In September, I will arrange a similar event in Iwate Prefecture. I want to model it on today's parade," said a 23-year-old woman from the city of Morioka.
There were also a number of lawmakers from both ruling and opposition parties, as well as local assembly members at the event.
Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan lawmaker Kanako Otsuji, who is openly gay, said, "I was happy to walk alongside lots of friends today. But we must also work toward developing LGBT-friendly laws."
(Japanese original by Maki Nakajima, General Digital News Center and Miyuki Fujisawa, Medical Welfare News Department)