Tokyo bans LGBTQ discrimination

Tokyo passed a law last week that prohibits “the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, citizens, and enterprises” from “unduly discriminat[ing] on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation,” reports  Jurist.

The law was passed in light of Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. After Russia passed anti-LGBT legislation before hosting the Olympics in 2014, the International Olympic Committee added a non-discrimination clause to the contracts that host cities must sign.

Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koikewrote when she was elected that the Olympics “will be a touchstone for the creation of a new Tokyo.” She also mentioned creating a diverse city “where everyone … can actively participate in society and lead fulfilling lives” as one of her goals as governor.