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Gay people carry a rainbow flag as they march on the street during the Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2012 at Shibuya shopping district in Tokyo on Apr 29, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP
Thousands march in Japan gay pride parade

in JAPAN, 02/05/2012

Some 2,500 people marched in a gay pride parade in Tokyo on Sunday, vowing to transform a low-profile campaign for the rights of sexual minorities into a major movement in Japan.

The crowd, mainly from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, as well as their supporters and sex workers, paraded through the capital's entertainment and shopping district of Shibuya.

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