This week read about the United Kingdom hosting the first global conference on LGBT rights, and a Japanese party accepting an agreement to shield sexual minorities from harassment.

UK Hosts First Global Conference On LGBT Rights

The U.K. government will hold the first-ever global conference on lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgender rights in London next year, as ministers rush to meet promises made to the universal Equal Rights Coalition of 42 countries. 

According to The Guardian, this event is expected to be the largest of its kind and will invite elected officials, activists and policymakers from across the world to participate over two days in June 2022. This will coincide with the 50th anniversary of the first official London Pride marches.

Nicholas Herbert, a Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs, has been announced as chair of the event and as the Prime Minister’s special envoy on LGBT rights.

 “It will be the first time that a global event on this scale — including parliamentarians — has been held, and I hope it will help to drive collective action for real change,” said Herbert to The Guardian.



Japanese Party Accepts Wording Against Discrimination Of Sexual Minorities


LPD Headquarters in Japan. Credit: Junpei Abe, Flickr.

Since the governing Liberal Democratic Party agreed to a "maximum" agreement on legislation to shield sexual minorities from harassment, conservative members of the party could still vote against the bill due to their opposition to same-sex marriages.

According to The Asahi Shimbun, an LDP committee proposed a revision bill with the summary "discrimination is unacceptable" May 7.

However, the largest opposition party, the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan, has requested that the LDP specify that the bill aims to abolish discrimination and to provide laws prohibiting discrimination against sexual minorities in public offices and companies.

According to The Asahi Shimbun, the governing party stayed away from the opposition lawmakers' draft bill to end discrimination because some LDP officials were concerned that prohibiting discrimination would lead to the legalization of same-sex marriages.