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Joseph (user currently living in JAPAN) posted for gay readers on 17/05/2014 tagged with human rights
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The Hyogo prefectural assembly lawmakers named Inoue Hideyuki said on Hyogo County Council Standing Committee on 16th October 2014 that there were no need for administrative directions for HIV disease to ''homos'' because they were deaf to the world enlightening and only did like what they want to.
Notices:belonging to Liberal Democratic Party
(the same party whihch Prime Minister of Japan, Mr.Abe belongs to)

Nowadays,The movement to critisize and correct the discrimination to LGBT gets very high in the whole world.His comment is a clear challenge to LGBT community and people who try to improve the Japanese society.

Please cooperate with me to protest his comment.

References (the news paper article, sorry but there is only Japanese one).
http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASG5K3DV7G5KPIHB004.html
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ami (user currently living in JAPAN) posted for bisexual readers on 08/05/2013 +12
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I am a japanese girl.
Please help us!!
My country,especially japanese politicians(a lot of males)ignore LGBT.Recently,Prime Minister work out The policy of a "female notebook".This contents, the government informs teenager girls and young women of suitable age for pregnancy. The government will distributes it to all "women" . Many japanese politicians think a woman is an existence for bearing a child,and don't think those whose hurt and body do not correspond!!
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Asako (user currently living in FRANCE) posted for lesbian readers on 06/12/2012 tagged with marriage / civil unions +10
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When I was 10 yrs old, I noticed that I am gay.
But I did not accept my sexuality and I tried to be a heterosexual. The reason was simple: I could not imagine my future as a lesbian. In Japan gay marriage is not legalized yet, and homosexuality is not taught in school basically. Gay couples barely would be seen on the street. I did not know even whether lesbians really exist or not.

I stopped my trials in vain to be a heterosexual when I was 22 yrs old. Now I moved to France with my French girlfriend and we are legally partners under the PACS law. Honeymoon, to be called as "wife", having my family-in-law... everything which I thought impossible is in my hands. Really, really happy and I am very thankful for the PACS law.

But now I am struggling about many problems in my country, Japan. One of my good friend who is gay can not come out in her office / A girl who is only 15 had been bullied because she is gay and she tried to kill herself / If you google "lesbian bullying" in Japanese you'll get only crappy porno films... and what is more, of course, problems are not only in Japan, not only for lesbians. I hope all of us could be ourselves one day.
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LilyKitty (user currently living in JAPAN) posted for transgender readers on 25/02/2012 tagged with gender identity, human rights +15
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Now I have to tell a abonimable news in prison in Japan. According to the information dated 24 February 2012, the Hyogo Lawyers' Association has given a recommendation for a transsexual woman to replace to female institution, who is now placed in male prison, an isolate cell. She is now completely treated as male despite she has has ungergone SRS before detention. She had her body checked by male staff and has had her hair shaved just like as Anne Frank had done at her arrival at Auschwiz. I feeze at this news; I cannot beleive that such a inhuman treatment is performed in a civilized country. Yet I must cry for the justice of international human rights law, because we are not slave nor monsters, but women and humankind with inherit dignity. I hope and demand global action for all citizens in the world and international comunity to save her.
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Theresa Thacker (user currently living in UNITED STATES) posted for lesbian readers on 26/04/2011 tagged with adoption, lgbt families, laws and leadership , marriage / civil unions +5
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We are TWO LESBIAN moms of 9 adopted children in a WEDDING CONTEST trying to stay in the top 100 couples to spread awareness for MARRIAGE EQUALITY - please support us with your VOTE - it's a quick and easy one-time vote, just CLICK the BOLD PRINT! Need 1000 VOTES by 4/30. We can do this, YES WE CAN - PLEASE REPOST!!
http://www.ultimateweddingcontest.com/entry/160170?=fsqiu
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posted for readers on 26/04/2011 +5
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We are TWO LESBIAN moms of 9 adopted children in a WEDDING CONTEST trying to stay in the top 100 couples to spread awareness for MARRIAGE EQUALITY - please support us with your VOTE - it's a quick and easy one-time vote, just CLICK the BOLD PRINT! Need 1000 VOTES by 4/30. We can do this, YES WE CAN - PLEASE REPOST!!
http://www.ultimateweddingcontest.com/entry/160170?=fsqiu
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Akiko (user currently living in JAPAN) posted for straight readers on 04/01/2011 tagged with hate crime and violence prevention +40
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I’m a student in Japan. I’m not good at use English. So there must be many mistakes in my E-mail. But please lead all this mail. I would like to tell you about a matter in Japan. The Governor of Tokyo whose name is Shintaro Ishihara made inappropriate remarks that discriminate gays and lesbians. That was last December. Last December a expression control question happened in Tokyo. The Governor in Tokyo made a municipal ordinance that control sexual expressions in publications and met with strong opposition from residents because the control was too tyrannical and the freedom of expression is guaranteed constitutionally in Japan. So Shintaro Ishihara gave an interview about the question. Then he made the inappropriate remarks. He said “There are many gay and lesbian entertainers in TV shows. We shouldn’t let this rampancy run.” And he said “Gays and lesbians run short for something.” I got angry at what he said. But Japanese mass media didn’t take up these inappropriate remarks big.
Then I have a favor to ask of you. Would you announce an official statement that criticize what the Governor of Tokyo said to Japanese mass media and tell all Japanese how discriminative and hateful what he said was.
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2boy (user currently living in JAPAN) posted for straight readers on 14/12/2010 tagged with human rights +25
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まずは、日本語にて失礼致します。緊急を要しますので。
石原都知事についてのこんな記事があり、日本では、ほとんどまともに報道されていません。(ネットでは、毎日新聞が3件、ほかにPJニュースとゲイジャパンニュースだけです)

石原都知事:同性愛者「気の毒」

 東京都の石原慎太郎知事は7日、同性愛者について「どこかやっぱり足りない感じがする。遺伝とかのせいでしょう。マイノリティーで気の毒ですよ」と発言した。

 石原知事は3日にPTA団体から性的な漫画の規制強化を陳情された際、「テレビなんかでも同性愛者の連中が出てきて平気でやるでしょ。日本は野放図になり過ぎている」と述べており、その真意を確認する記者の質問に答えた。

 7日の石原知事は、過去に米・サンフランシスコを視察した際の記憶として、「ゲイのパレードを見ましたけど、見てて本当に気の毒だと思った。男のペア、女のペアあるけど、どこかやっぱり足りない感じがする」と話した。

 同性愛者のテレビ出演に関しては、「それをことさら売り物にし、ショーアップして、テレビのどうのこうのにするってのは、外国じゃ例がないね」と改めて言及した。【真野森作】

毎日新聞 2010年12月8日 東京朝刊

I would like you to know the article below.
I translated by google translation.

Ishihara: gay, "too bad"

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara is 07 for homosexuals "have the feeling that somewhere still missing. Like it because of genetics.'m In the minority, I feel sorry," he said.

Ishihara February 3 PTA when the lobby for tighter regulation of cartoon sex organizations, "You do not hesitate to come out a bunch of homosexuals in something television. Japan is be too recklessly," he said has responded to a reporter's question to determine the real intention.

Ishihara 7 days, as memories of the past when it visited San Francisco, "I saw a gay parade, I thought it look really sorry. A pair of men, but a pair of women still missing somewhere you feel, "he said.

TV appearance for homosexual, "and particularly for selling it to Shoappu, and that I Dounokouno of the TV, I'll no cases of foreign" and again mentioned. [Work] Mano Mori

Tokyo on December 08, 2010 Morning Mainitishinbun
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LilyKitty (user currently living in JAPAN) posted for transgender readers on 24/07/2010 tagged with gender identity, human rights +10
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Now I suffer from serious complication out of gender reassignment surgery in Thailand forced to recognisation of my personality, that is, my legal sex. But no dorcor help or care me and I also suffer from dreadful discrimination because of my disabilities, not only my gender identity. And further I am oppressed because I translated The Yogyakarta Principles into Japanese and Latin that are in Wipipedia. But I regret to translate this into Swedish where forced stelirisations are required for legal sex change. Yet I am released to know that United Nation have recognised NGO for LGBT according to the additional recommandation of The Yogyakarta Principles. I have been treated as a slave because of my gender identity. Still now I even regret that I hesitated to kill myself at the age of ten. My future depends on the permission of my asylum.
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(user currently living in JAPAN) posted for gay readers on 13/05/2010 tagged with health, sexual orientation
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Takumi has holes in his heart and needs your help. His father beat him and expelled him from his house because Takumi is gay. Now Takumi has nothing and cannot get the treatment he needs.

http://www.takumisheart.com
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