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The Embassy of Canada to Japan joins Tokyo Pride in celebration of diversity

On May 6th and 7th, the Embassy of Canada joined in the celebrations of Tokyo Pride, Japan’s largest and best known celebration for the LGBTI community. This year’s event welcomed approximately 108,000 participants, many of whom visited the Embassy’s booth to learn more about the importance of diversity as a core Canadian value, and one of the Canada 150 themes.

Embassy volunteers explained how Canada promotes the rights of LGBTI individuals at home and abroad. As part of the conversation, Canada was portrayed as a great destination for LGBTI tourists and students.

Heartwarming testimonies and congratulations from visitors on Canada’s commitment to LGBTI rights highlighted the importance of our continued engagement in Japan and across the globe. In particular, participants expressed their admiration at the positive messages voiced by the Canadian government on diversity and inclusiveness. Participants congratulated the Embassy for actively supporting Tokyo Pride.

The Embassy of Canada to Japan has held multiple events in support of LGBTI rights in the past year, including a screening of “Laurence Anyways” by Canadian film director Xavier Dolan. Another similar event featured a panel discussion on LGBTI-inclusive education with Ms. Helen Kennedy, Executive Director of Egale Canada. Events such as these allow the Embassy of Canada to strengthen its ties with local advocates for LGBTI rights and distinguish itself as an ally in the further advancement of equal rights in Japan.

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