A Japanese district has come out in support of LGBT rights. With over 170,000 residents, the government ward Yodogawa in Osaka has become the first Japanese district to pass a resolution on LGBT issues. “In order to make this city a livable place for a diversity of people, Yodogawa Ward respects the human rights of LGBT people,” reads the resolution. “Therefore, we will carry out staff human rights training in regards to the LGBT community; disperse accurate information about the LGBT community; support the activities of the LGBT community and listen to the voices of the LGBT community”
Even a year ago, there were very few LGBT rights stories coming out of Asia. What a difference twelve months can make.