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Statement by Ambassador Rahm Emanuel on Support from Foreign Missions for LGBTQI+ Equality
May 12, 2023

Last month, 25 foreign diplomatic missions joined thousands of Japanese citizens at Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2023 to demonstrate international support for marriage equality, universal human rights, and LGBTQI+ individuals here in Japan and around the world.

No country is free from discrimination. If we believe in equality for all, we have a duty to speak up and stand up both at home and abroad. Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2023 is over, but our efforts to ensure equality for all continue.

Today, 15 foreign missions have lent their voices to a common call for equality through a series of video messages. We represent all corners of the world, from the Americas, to Europe, and the Indo-Pacific. To see where we stand on equality, we encourage you to view the video here.