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Coming-of-age ceremonies for LGBT to be held across the country

  • 2016-01-14 15:00:00
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(Mainichi: January 14, 2016 – p. 23)


 A coming-of-age ceremony for sexual minorities (LGBT) will be held at the Kitazawa Town Hall in Setagaya Ward from 06:00 p.m. on Jan. 16. Similar ceremonies are scheduled for ten other venues across the nation from Hokkaido to Nagasaki Prefecture this year. The coming-of-age ceremonies for LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) will be hosted by “ReBit,” a nonprofit organization, which is formed by sexual minorities.


 At regular coming-of-age ceremonies, men usually wear a suit or haori and hakama, traditional Japanese clothes, and women put on a long-sleeved kimono. So it is not easy for sexual minorities to participate in the typical coming-of-age ceremony. There is no dress code for the coming-of-age ceremonies for LGBT.


 LGBT coming-of-age ceremonies have been held since 2012 in Tokyo, Iwate, Ishikawa, Nagano and other prefectures. Over 3,000 sexual minorities joined them until last year. This year four more places will hold such a ceremony.


 Setagaya Ward Mayor Nobuto Hosaka will send a message of congratulations to the Kitazawa Town Hall. Participants will deliver speeches. For an application to attend, open this link https://lgbtsejnshiki2015.themedialj

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