This week read about campaigners accusing Japanese lawmakers of violating the Olympic spirit by making homophobic comments, and activists urging Italy to pass a law that will protect the LGBT community.
Activists Urge Italy To Adopt Anti-Homophobia Law
A law proposed by Alessandro Zan, a Member of Parliament with the Democratic party, has been passed by the lower house and will go to the Senate for approval.
This law would punish discrimination and hate crimes against LGBT and disabled people as well as misogyny.
According to Euronews, both the church and extreme right politicians have opposed the measure, making claims that it will suppress opinion and religious beliefs.
While the Italian Bishops Conference has previously cautioned that the proposed bill could “suffocate'' those who hold more conservative values, its president has encouraged policymakers to amend the legislation rather than repeal it.
“This government will be in office only for another year and a half. There is not much time left, if the proposed law will be modified, it has to be sent back to the lower house for approval,” said Claudio Mazzella, president of the Circolo Mario Mieli project, according to Euronews.
LGBT Campaigners Accuse Japanese Lawmakers of Violating Olympic Spirit
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Rights campaigners have accused Japan's leading politicians of betraying the Olympic spirit by making homophobic comments such as same-sex marriages "resist the preservation of the species."
Channel News Asia reported that, according to Jiji Press, at the closed-door conference, Liberal Democratic Party member Eriko Yamatani also slammed transgender athletes.
"Some people have stated an opinion that they have a male body but they are women. Therefore, they should be allowed to use the women's restroom. Or they participate in women's sports and win medals. A number of ridiculous things are happening," she reportedly said.
In a joint statement issued with Athlete Ally, a U.S.-based advocacy organization, Pride House Tokyo, a cultural center formally recognized as part of the Olympic program, slammed the remarks.
"These comments, if true, are in violation of the spirit of the Olympics and Paralympics which Tokyo is hoping to host," they said, according to Channel News Asia.