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Japan launches G-7 focus group for LGBTQ rights ahead of summit

Pride7 announced as pressure mounts on Kishida to pass anti-discrimination law

Members and allies of Japan's LGBTQ community take part in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade on April 24, 2022. (Photo by Suzu Takahashi) 

TOKYO -- Japanese LGBTQ rights advocates announced the launch of a new G-7 engagement group dedicated to protecting sexual minorities on Wednesday, ahead of the annual leaders' summit in Hiroshima in May.

Pride7 is the first Group of Seven focus group for the advancement of LGBTQ rights and will hold its inaugural summit on March 30 in Tokyo. The gathering will feature advocacy groups from all G-7 member states, the European Union and countries across the Global South, including Thailand and Vietnam.  

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