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February 18, 2014

IOC spokesman says countries who do not abide by an anti-discrimination rule could factor in decisions on the bidding process

Russia, and other countries with homophobic laws, could be banned from hosting the Olympics under a proposed new rule.

The International Olympics Committee has responded to calls that countries must abide by a specific anti-discrimination decree modelled on the Olympic Charter’s Principle 6.

Principle 6 says sport does not discriminate on any grounds, including race, religion, politics or gender.

December 17, 2013

From free vodka nights to rooftop infinity pools at skyscraper level, we lead you to most popular gay circuit parties, club nights and hotels from Bangkok to Taipei

If you want disco balls and flashing lights on your travels through the Orient, an epic boogie in Asia is not a difficult task.

The Far East offers travellers stunning beaches for relaxing and unique cities for exploring, but of interest to the club-bound, the gay party scene in many Asian countries has long been a force to be reckoned with.

Freedom from sexual labeling makes many Asian countries an attractive destination for LGBTI travellers, who contribute to the growing visibility of local gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.

December 14, 2013

Japan’s Supreme Court has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recognized as the father of his child conceived with donor semen in a landmark decision

The Supreme Court of Japan has ruled that a female-to-male transgender man must be recorded as his child’s father, despite the child being created with donor sperm, in the first decision of its kind.

The 31-year-old unnamed man legally married his wife in 2008 after undergoing sex change procedures and she gave birth to their son in 2009 after undergoing artificial insemination.

December 8, 2013

Travel definitely broadens the mind - after a recent visit to Japan, Gay Star Travel compiles a random list of stuff that we now know

I do love Japan. It’s one of those countries that definitely takes you out of your comfort zone - the language, the signage, the culture - it’s one of the few places in the world where (as a visitor) it’s hard not to feel very 'foreign'.

This trip was my second visit to Japan. The first time around was only a quick visit to Tokyo - this time I was working here for three weeks, so it was a good chance to get to grips a bit more with how this country works.

November 27, 2013

A quick-fire tour of Japan’s three major cities is a full-blown sensory experience with stunning city landscapes and delicious meals

If you’ve only got limited time to explore a destination then a guided tour of some kind can be a useful way to discover and experience some of the key highlights - possibly giving you an appetite and the confidence to return at another time when you can travel at a more relaxed pace.

I was in Japan for a travel conference - this was taking place in Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city and not far from the capital Tokyo. Helpfully the conference organizers had arranged a quick tour for those of us who wanted to see a bit more of Japan than just the airports and hotels.

November 27, 2013

A quick-fire tour of Japan’s three major cities is a full-blown sensory experience with stunning city landscapes and delicious meals

If you’ve only got limited time to explore a destination then a guided tour of some kind can be a useful way to discover and experience some of the key highlights - possibly giving you an appetite and the confidence to return at another time when you can travel at a more relaxed pace.

I was in Japan for a travel conference - this was taking place in Yokohama, Japan’s second-largest city and not far from the capital Tokyo. Helpfully the conference organizers had arranged a quick tour for those of us who wanted to see a bit more of Japan than just the airports and hotels.

November 15, 2013

Immerse yourself in the neighborhoods and flavors of Japan’s exciting and dynamic capital

About 12 months ago I made my first visit to Tokyo.

In a globalized and interconnected world, it was intriguing to experience a city where I truly felt ‘foreign’.

On that trip I was treating myself for my 40th birthday, so I stayed at the luxurious Park Hyatt and channelled my inner Scarlett Johansson. Truly memorable.

Boarding the Virgin Atlantic flight from London’s Heathrow Airport, I was excited to be heading back.

November 15, 2013

Immerse yourself in the neighborhoods and flavors of Japan’s exciting and dynamic capital

About 12 months ago I made my first visit to Tokyo.

In a globalized and interconnected world, it was intriguing to experience a city where I truly felt ‘foreign’.

On that trip I was treating myself for my 40th birthday, so I stayed at the luxurious Park Hyatt and channelled my inner Scarlett Johansson. Truly memorable.

Boarding the Virgin Atlantic flight from London’s Heathrow Airport, I was excited to be heading back.

September 11, 2013

Yodogawa ward in the city of Osaka has become the first government area to officially support the inclusion of LGBTs, passing a groundbreaking resolution

A local government area in the city of Osaka has become the first Japanese district to officially support the inclusion of LGBT people in society.

Yodogawa ward, one of 24 wards in the city of Osaka, passed a resolution following a consultation with residents on LGBT issues which included Hiroko and Koyuki Higashi – the first same-sex couple married at Tokyo Disneyland in March of this year.

June 19, 2013

Todd Sears, who has been influential in showing investment banks the business case for more LGBT-inclusive workplaces, spoke at an event in Hong Kong that was video conferenced to eight other cities in the region

LGBT-inclusive workplaces guru Todd Sears spoke at an event in Hong Kong yesterday to inspire corporations to improve office environments for gay, bi and trans employees.

The Goldman Sachs event entitled Raise Your LGBT Ally Game focused on getting straight supporters of LGBT rights to become active in creating a more inclusive workplace.

The talk was video conferenced to eight cities across the region - Beijing, Bangalore, Melbourne, Mumbai, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo - where around 200 people logged-on to hear what Sears had to say.

May 3, 2013

Borris Dittrich, former Dutch MP and LGBT director for Human Rights Watch, said 'the start is happening now'

The man who helped make the Netherlands the first country in the world to legalize gay marriage in 2001 has said 'the start is happening now' for the same in Japan.

Borris Dittrich, former Dutch MP and LGBT director for Human Rights Watch said in an interview with the Japan Daily Press:

April 28, 2013

Around 3,000 participated in the second, and most visible, day of Tokyo Rainbow Week with a parade and park party today

Tokyo Rainbow Week continued today (28 April) with its second, and perhaps most visible event, the Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade.

Gay Star News was at the parade.

The event started in the 'Pride Village' in Yoyogi Park, where about 3,000 people gathered to watch performances, visit booths, and then to parade through the streets of Shibuya and back to the park.

Several corporations were at the event, including Barclays, Goldman Sachs, Google, IBM, Phillips, and UBS.

April 27, 2013

Tokyo Rainbow Week 2013 kicked off with a 'Colorful Eve Reception' at the residence of the ambassador of the Netherlands

The Dutch ambassador to Japan has kicked-off Tokyo Rainbow Week 2013 with a colorful reception for the LGBT community and their supporters.

Tokyo Rainbow Week is dedicated to supporting Japan’s sexual minority community, creating a friendly and accepting society where anybody can be themselves and lead 'a life of happiness and optimism'.

April 5, 2013

Sunil Pant has come along way from not even knowing the word for gay before he was twenty to getting LGBTI rights recognized by the Supreme Court in Nepal, and he's not going to let current troubles hold him back

It's not an easy time for Sunil Pant, founder of the largest LGBT rights group in Nepal, Blue Diamond Society (BDS). A government office has sat on the renewal of BDS's license, holding-up funding so that staff haven't been paid for months. LGBTI activists are also being harassed, which Pant links to the same government officer.

March 16, 2013

Japan's police arrested two staff of a gay shop for selling photography books which included pictures of nude men

Tokyo’s metropolitan police announced that it arrested staff of a gay store in the Shinjuku district for selling a book by photographer Leslie Kee that included images of full male nudity, which they deemed 'obscene'.

Officers took into custody yesterday (15 March) the 61-year-old manager of Lumiere, a shop located in Tokyo’s gay quarter that sells DVDs and magazines, and one other employee.

The manager of Lumiere told officers that the editor of Japan’s gay magazine Badi said that selling Kee’s books is not illegal as they are considered artistic.

March 5, 2013

Gay rights activist and her girlfriend marry in double bridal white wedding in Tokyo Disneyland

When Japanese gay rights activist Koyuki Higashi contacted Tokyo Disneyland last year to ask if they would host her wedding to her girlfriend it sounded like an awareness-raising stunt, but in fact she did dream of a white wedding at Disneyland and last Friday the dream came true.

'My partner Hiroko and I just held a gay wedding at the Tokyo Disney Resort. Even Mickey and Minnie are here to celebrate with us!' said Higashi in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of the new wives with the Disney characters, that was retweeted 6,000 times.

February 6, 2013

GSN travels to the Swiss party capital to check on preparations for pride in 2013

If you were academically inclined, the evolution of LGBT ‘Pride’ events around the world would make an interesting dissertation subject.

What began in cities such as San Francisco and New York as small angry protests, demanding equality and an end to discrimination, has now become a fixture on the calendar of most major urban centers around the world.

December 16, 2012

GSN meets the girl from Liverpool who is committed to achieving equality for gays and lesbians in Japan and has become a key part of Tokyo Rainbow Pride

On a recent visit to Tokyo, Lauren Anderson’s name seem to come up a lot. The English communications officer for Tokyo Rainbow Pride - it was clear from the people that I spoke to in Japan that Anderson was well connected and well respected.

After an exchange of emails, we worked out that we would both be in London in December. We met in a Giraffe restaurant in the The Brunswick shopping centre in Bloomsbury, close to where Anderson is studying.

December 9, 2012

The self-described art director who's collaborated with Lady Gaga, Dolce and Gabbana and Uniqlo styles and stars on the cover of the English style magazine's last issue for 2012

Nicola Formichetti, fashion director for Lady Gaga, Uniqlo and Vogue Hommes Japan is on the cover of this month's Dazed and Confused.

Photographed by Matt Irwin, the half-Italian, half-Japanese fashion director and editor appears alongside the magazine's other cover model Angelababy.

 The December issue is titled under the hash-tag Fantasia and features a compilation of Asia's rising creative talent including artists, actors, models and bloggers.

November 24, 2012

While bad food or poor service is unacceptable, enjoying a stay-cation in one of the world's poshest hotels is highly encouraged

Whether you’re traveling for work or pleasure, as you experience and explore the world it becomes increasingly and painfully self-evident that life is too short for bad food or bad hotels.

Here’s GSN’s guide to some of our favorite hotels around the world.

Banyan Tree - Bangkok

I am slightly embarrassed to admit that I recently spent a weekend in Bangkok and did not leave this hotel, not once - it was that good.

November 21, 2012

Stonewall AJET is an LGBT network that has grown from the Japan Exchange and Teaching program

Now in its 26th year, the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) program is an international teaching exchange that in 2012 saw over 4,000 teachers from 40 countries travel to Japan to teach languages - making it one of the world’s largest exchange programs.

November 21, 2012

GSN meets the organizers of Tokyo Rainbow Pride

I met Inui Hiroteru, co-chair of Tokyo Rainbow Pride at the Park Hyatt hotel near Shinjuku.

‘Call me Hiro’ he said politely as we shook hands; 33-year-old Hiro’s English was perfect, my Japanese non-existent.

It was happy hour in the New York Bar, so we chatted over beers while admiring the spectacular lights of of the city below us.

November 20, 2012

GSN channels our inner Scarlett Johansson and explores the Japanese capital

This was my first visit to Japan and I was excited.

I flew Virgin Atlantic from London’s Heathrow to Tokyo Narita Airport (grabbing some Yo Sushi! for breakfast to help me start to connect with the Japanese culture).

November 20, 2012

GSN channels our inner Scarlett Johansson and explores the Japanese capital

This was my first visit to Japan and I was excited.

I flew Virgin Atlantic from London’s Heathrow to Tokyo Narita Airport (grabbing some Yo Sushi! for breakfast to help me start to connect with the Japanese culture).