Universities in Japan take steps to support LGBT+ community

The movement to create safe environments for sexual minorities at universities is gaining traction across Japan, with alumni groups and faculty promoting initiatives to deepen understanding and provide support for the LGBT+ community.

Pride Bridge, a volunteer group of Hitotsubashi graduates, and the university’s Center for Gender Research and Social Sciences formally agreed to cooperate on creating an environment where sexual minorities can study without discrimination.

In addition to 13 lectures on topics such as same-sex marriage and LGBT+ employment issues, the agreement also outlined plans to establish a base for LGBT+ individuals and supporters to gather.

“I want to make my alma mater a place where sexual minorities can study with confidence,” said Gon Matsunaka, president of Pride Bridge and employee of a nonprofit supporting sexual minorities.

Read more from The Japan Times.