As Olympics Begin, Local Groups Say Anti-Trans, Anti-Gay Remarks ‘Less-than-Equality’ Bill Violate Games’ Charter
As Japan prepares to host the delayed 2020 Summer Olympics in July, pro-LGBTQ organizations have accused the nation’s ruling political party of violating the Olympic Charter’s anti-discrimination statutes over homophobic and transphobic remarks made by lawmakers.
The debate over legal protections for Japan’s LGBTQ populations has been ongoing for years as public support for such measures continually grew, but a recent series of closed door meetings discussing the nation’s Equality Act elicited abhorrent comments from officials representing the Liberal Democratic party (LDP), the conservative party currently in power.
According to Human Rights Watch, LDP members of the Diet, Japan’s parliament, played the greatest hits of discriminatory arguments against granted equal protections to LGBTQ people. In a speech named “The LGBT issue is getting out of control,” LDP adviser