Miss Transgender UK launches new foundation to support LGBT people in the community

A transgender woman from Scunthorpe has launched a new foundation called Bea Yourself to help support LGBT people in the community.

After searching through beauty pageants stating that all participants must be naturally born females, Bea Wood came across the Miss Transgender UK pageant.

The pageant, which took place last year, doesn’t score people according to beauty or size, but on votes from the crowd and the amount of charity money raised.

Bea, 29, raised more than £1,000 and was crowned Miss Transgender UK, as well as winning most inspirational outfit.

 

 

https://www.scunthorpetelegraph.co.uk/news/scunthorpe-news/miss-transgender-uk-launches-new-1437052

 

 

Stonewall Japan is going to Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2018!

Tokyo Rainbow Pride Parade!

 

 

 

 

 

Stonewall Japan is going to Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2018!

Be apart of the volunteer team by joining here!

1. Stonewall Japan Booth!

Sat 6th 11:00 ~ 18:00

@ Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

→ Visit Stonewall Japan’s booth to meet members and volunteers in the flesh! We’d love to see you!

 

 

 

 

 

→ Check out our SOGI swag! We have hand painted sexual

orientation and gender identity flags as donation rewards!

 

→ Take your chances

and get a ticket or two

to our Rainbow Raffle!

2. Picnic Time!

Sun 7th May, 9:30-18:00

@ Yoyogi Park, Tokyo.

→Come and join us for a relaxing picnic/ chill time in Yoyogi

park!

→Bring some food to share and tarp to sit on if you can!

Check out the FB event here to help you find your way!

 

 

 

 

 

(Also accessible by the Stonewall Japan FB Page: Events)

 

 

 

 

 

3. Stonewall Bar Crawl!

S at 6th May, TBD ~ Late @?Shinjuku Ni-chome

→We’ll hopefully go to a few mixed bars and depending on who

comes, split off to some men’s/woman’s bars or go dancing etc. It

is always a great night out, especially because it’s Pride weekend,

so make sure you’re there!

→If you’re looking for close accommodation, try ACE INN

SHINJUKU

4. Walk in the parade with us!

Sunday 7th May

→ 10:30-10-:45 meet at Picnic Area

→ 11:00 meeting time for lineup

→ 12:00 Parade Start!

Yoyogi Park, Tokyo

!You Must Register Individually Before You Can

Participate!

Official Parade Participation Guide Here

→You can register and receive your ticket on Saturday

5th, 13:00 – 17:00 or early Sunday 6th, 9:00 – last group

departure.

→If you want to walk with Stonewall Japan you must

register to follow Float #(float # TBD please check back

soon! )

! Only 250 people are allowed to walk behind each float, so register early, preferably the day before!

If you want to walk with us, please meet us at the picnic area no later than 10:45.

 

 

 

 

 

Other Information

WEBSITE: http://tokyorainbowpride.com/

FB: https://www.facebook.com/Tokyo.R.Pride/

RAINBOW WEEK: April 28 ~ May 6

FESTA: May 5 Sat @Yoyogi Park 10-18:00 / May 6 Sun @Yoyogi Park 11-18:00

PARADE: May 6 (Sun.) 12:00 ~ 15:30

Rainbow Love!

-Stonewall Japan Team

10 LGBT+ People To Know

~ article originally published by Stonewall Japan’s Diversity & Awareness Team, January Newsletter 2018 ~

 

*Order of appearance does not equal precedency of importance.

 

1. Janet Mock   Janet Mock
Janet Mock is a writer, TV host, and transgender rights activist from Hawaii.  Her debut book, Redefining Realness, became a New York Times best seller in 2014, and she also released another book in 2017 discussing an autobiographical journey through her 20s.  She is a contributing editor for Marie Claire, and has used her platform to be the role model she never had as a youth: “Within communities of color I never saw anyone like me…I hope that what it does is empower young girls”. For some more information about Janet, have a look at this video: goo.gl/ehcCYx

 

2. Munroe Bergdorf

Munroe Bergdorf is a British model, DJ, and social activist. She became the first transgender model to front a L’Oréal campaign in the UK. She started with activism with gender, and progressed to being an emerging voice for intersectionalities for “black queerness”, “feminism” and against white supremacy and white privilege. Munroe’s message to activists: “Activism can be as large or small as you feel you are able to take on. It comes with a great amount of emotional labor, so my main advice would be to make sure you are kind to yourself.

 

3. Ruth Hunt

Ruth Hunt

British activist Ruth Hunt is Chief Executive of Stonewall, the largest LGBT equality charity in Europe. 

Since 2005, Ruth Hunt has taken on a variety of roles within the organisation leading work on Stonewall’s research into homophobic bullying in schools, instigating research, producing the iconic Stonewall openly-gay role model guides, and strategic development and delivery of Stonewall’s policy. If you’ve not seen their campaigns, visit Stonewall’s website here: http://www.stonewall.org.uk/

 

4. Penny Wong

Penny Wong

As an Australian politician, Penny Wong has represented South Australia in the Senate since 2002. She was the first out lesbian cabinet member in Australia, and has spoken openly about the gay right movement consistently throughout her career. As a mother of two with her partner, she is one of Australia’s most influential people of 2017 in regards to her activism for the LGBT community. She has made numerous speeches on YouTube that portrays her fierce stand against inequality in politics, this one is particularly moving: goo.gl/WVBiUx

 

5. Jacq Applebee

Jacq Applebee is an activist, writer, and one of the founders of Bi’s of Colour, a British-based support and social group which has been running since 2010 for bisexual people of colour. Jacq produced the Bi’s of Colour Survey Report in 2015, a “first of its kind in the world”, documenting the lives and experiences of non-white/monosexual people. Jacq continues today to act as an activist against bisexual erasure, and supporting bisexual people of colour.

Please take a look at Jacq’s brief history of bisexuality from the Queer Sunday School event on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3QzSgQAV58] or their tumblr site: http://bisofcolour.tumblr.com/  

Currently Bi’s of Colour is seeking submissions for a project to document and celebrate the lives and experiences of bisexuals of colour. The deadline is the end of May 2018:
http://j-applebee.tumblr.com/post/170506048608/new-update-to-bis-of-colour-book-edited-by-the

 

 

6. Jazzie Collins

Jazzie Collins

An activist and LGBT Caucus honoree, Jazzie Collins was described by the chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus as an advocate who “worked tirelessly on behalf of all communities, serving as an untiring advocate for the poor, for the transgender community and truly, for all San Francisco residents”.


She was Vice-Chair of the  LGBT Aging Policy Task Force, and helped to break down legislative policies for her communities. Although passing in 2013, especially as a HIV-positive transgender female of color
, Jazzie Collins remains a inspiration to the queer community of San Francisco.

 

7. Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Famous for her 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning novel, The Color Purple, Alice Walker is a bisexual African American author and poet who has made numerous contributions to activism for race and gender for decades.

 Born and raised in the USA, Walker was the first black woman to win the acclaimed Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. She, with famous civil rights lawyer Melvyn Leventhal, were the “first legally married interracial couple” in the state of Mississippi. Now she continues to work in activism, and has worked closely with CODEPINK, a “women-led grassroots organization working to end U.S. wars and militarism, support peace and human rights initiatives”. There is a documentary about her called Beauty in Truth (2013).  

 

8. Jennicet Gutiérrez

Jennicet Gutiérrez

Jennicet Gutiérrez is a Latinx activist for transgender rights and immigrant rights in the USA. Self-described as a “risk taker”, she gained recognition in 2015 for standing up for immigrants and trans people during an Obama speech during Pride month. Subsequently, she was listed in Out magazine’s Out100 List in 2015. A founding member of La Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement, her activism raises awareness for racial, economic, and trans justice.

Please visit her work at www.familiatqlm.org.

 

9. Jacob Tobia

Arguably one of the most known figures on this list, and role model for individuals in the genderqueer community, Jacob Tobia is a LGBTQ+ activist in the broadest sense. They are a writer, advocate for gender equality, co-producer of the MSNBC television series Queer 2.0 amongst a number of other things. Following the zeitgeist, they have made use of multiple social media platforms to enable their activism and featured on MTV, Buzzfeed, Mic, The Guardian, The New York Times, TIME and so on. For more information, visit their website:  http://jacobtobia.com/

 

10. Sonia Zafra

Information is not easy to find on Sonia Rescalvo Zafra, especially in English. Nevertheless Sonia Zafra was a homeless, transgender Spanish woman who was attacked and brutally murdered by a group of teenage neo-nazis in Barcelona, Spain on October 6th, 1991. Where the tragic crime was committed now a memorial bandstand is erected, La Glorieta de la transexual Sonia (the bandstand of  Sonia, the transexual). Despite there being no doubt that Sonia was not the first transgender person to be murdered in Spain, she was the first “crime of a transexual” to be persecuted in court.  Disgustingly, the killers were sentenced to less than 11 months in jail, and the majority of them spent less than half of that before early release.

 

These are just 10 people you should know about; how many did you know?

We could have written for weeks, months, YEARS about all the LGBT+ people that members should know about. However, there is only so much time and resources available. If you know of someone other members should know about, please get in touch with us at stonewalldanda1@gmail.com!

Kyushu’s 4th Rainbow Pride!

Kyushu Pride Parade

The weather in October and November had not been friendly; it had been windy and gloomy for quite some time. Luckily, on November 5, a sunny day was bestowed on us! After all, it was the Kyushu Rainbow Pride. Yay!

At 9 a.m. Reisen Park was already full of a festive ambience; balloons, rainbows, uplifting music, and smiles on everyone’s faces. Ami, the partner of our beloved rainbow-fighter Karmen, kindly gave us a hand with booth setups. Time went by so quickly that the intro of the Pride had already started while we were still preparing.

 

Stonewall Japan's Kyushu Pride Booth

 

A group cannot live without support and contribution from the public. This year we participated in “Connecting youth with youth supporting groups”, a booth project proposed by a local queer NGO FRENS.

More of the Kyushu Pride ParadeWith this project many young people came to our booth to learn about Stonewall Japan and, in exchange, we gave them a stamp as a token of appreciation for their time and interest (to our surprise, many young children came along in the company of their parents). I think this was a brilliant act to reach out and interact with booth visitors.

Face-painting has been Stonewall Japan’s signature booth activity for a million years. But we are also trying out new ideas. This time we launched an unprecedented Stonewall Kyushu Raffle which immediately became a highlight and attracted many people who wanted to try their hand at getting the jackpot – a rainbow humidifier/a unicorn hat. Stonewall member Nelson also initiated an extraordinary activity “Choose a Better Word” to reduce and eliminate the use of exclusionary or derogatory language.

 

The team at the Stonewall Pride Booth

 

Our lovely rainbow-makers Athena and Nelson were too busy to take a break. As the sun went down, the Pride closed on Kiyotaka’s enchanting performance. In general, I think we had a very fruitful day in promoting our local events and talking to lovely people.

I can hardly wait for the next Rainbow Pride. As always, thank you for all your support and devotion!

Vi ses! ☺

Kansai Pride! – Osaka and Mie

Kansai Rainbow Pride!

A crowd of people at Kansai Rainbow Pride

First of all, a big thank you to everyone who was able to attend this year’s rainbow event!

The weather wasn’t the best but, on October 8th, we were still able to show our support and walk with pride in the rainbow parade. From info booths and food vendors, to stage performances and even a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony, the Rainbow Festa was educational, emotional and a whole lot of fun.
I hope that everyone who attended had just as much fun as I did! I heard that the event was even featured on Huffington Post Korea’s website! The article is written in Korean, but there are some great pictures of the booths and the parade. If you’d like to check it out, visit http://www.huffingtonpost.kr/minsoo-kim/story_b_18233096.html.

An extra special thank you to the people at TELL, who kindly offered to share their booth with us. Hope to see you again next year!

 

Mie Rainbow Festa

Truck with Rainbow Festa balloons and a Pride flag on it

The first ever pride parade in Mie prefecture!

In conjunction with the popular Tsu festival, a small group got together and marched down the main street with rainbow flags held high and a vintage car float leading the way! It was the first time for and LGBT+ group to have such visibility in a local event, and the organiser hopes to have an even bigger group next year.

If you are interested in participating next year, you can contact the organisers via their Twitter @mieken_RF.

Pride balloons in the sky People marching at Mie Rainbow Pride

 

 

 

 

 

 

Articles from Oct-Nov Stonewall Kansai Newsletter 2017
Photo credit: Hannah Brown, Monique Tong, Shirin ET

Fighting for LGBT rights in Niihama, Ehime

It was February 3rd on a Friday night when, in Ehime prefecture, Niihama’s Akagane museum opened itself up to the gay community. A friend asked me to present about something I felt passionate about and LGBT rights was an obvious choice. The attendees slowly gathered. Niihama residents from various walks in life came to the underground café at Akagane—a retired elementary school teacher, a dentist assistant, a Japanese teacher, some members of Niihama’s guides club, two city hall employees, and one high schooler were in attendance for the LGBT presentation.

The presentation started with a basic explanation of the acronym “LGBT”. After explaining what each letter stands for I believe most people got the general gist of it. For about 70% of the audience, it was their first time seeing the acronym.

After a few minutes we started a “maru-batsu” quiz (true or false quiz). The first question was: “According to global statistics, in a class of 30 students, there are about 1 or 2 students who are LGBT.” This statement is true, and the majority of people guessed correctly. People were really shocked to learn that 7% of Japan’s population is LGBT. Or that the earliest some LGBT people realize their identity is before they enter elementary school — others realize as late as junior high school. One of the biggest shocks for people was hearing there was a gay bar in Niihama!

Another thing that shocked people was that in the next town over, Ehime, there is a support center for sexual minorities. After sharing these statistics about LGBT Japan, people had many questions. As a group we clarified each other’s questions. Some people who were knowledgeable about the LGBT community were able to answer questions better than I could in Japanese.

Following the maru-batsu section we broke into group discussions. The first question I asked everyone was: “If your child was a boy and said he liked boys, what would you do?” This was the high point of the lecture. People had very deep and intense conversations. I went in and out of several groups, listening to the conversations people shared. One man gave a superb example of explaining sexual identity: a woman tastes an apple, she likes it. She then tastes an orange. She doesn’t like the orange as much as the apple. Why does she prefer the apple over the orange? The answer: preferring an apple over an orange, a woman preferring a woman over a man, or preferring both, these are natural choices. Those choices are different for each person. It’s not wrong, it’s not right, it’s just different, and that’s perfectly fine. For example, how does a man who likes women explain why he likes women? Can he explain that? And why should he need to explain that? In Japan’s society, however, being different from the group is bad. In schools, children get bullied for being different from everyone else. Standing out makes things harder and “the nail which sticks out gets hammered down” 「出るくぎは打たれる」 is, unfortunately, still the mindset of most Japanese people.

Towards the end of the presentation, one older Japanese man stood up to give his opinion on our group discussion. He said, “This was the first time I heard about people who are LGBT. In Japan, this is an issue we don’t normally talk about. I think it’s important for everyone to understand what being LGBT means and to be accepting of sexual minorities.” The presentation that day ended well and I felt everyone was on board with understanding more about the LGBT community.

My name is Scott Tamaki, I’m an ALT from America. I’m not LGBT, but I have supported LGBT people/sexual minorities and their rights since high school. My uncle is gay and married to a nice English man. I have lived in Japan for three years and heard horrible stories of LGBT Japanese people committing suicide, being violently bullied, fired from work for being gay or lesbian, unable to visit their loved one in the hospital after an accident, or being denied adoption rights.

My simple request for people who read this article: Do your own research about LGBT people. Learn about the Japanese LGBT community, watch an LGBT movie, or learn more about the LGBT support organization: “Pride Ehime.”

The human rights violations against the LGBT+ community can end if more people become allies (people not LGBT but who support LGBT rights), and if more people understand the issue.

2017 Stonewall Japan TRP Group photo in front of Flower Dog

Tokyo Rainbow Pride: Booths, Parades, and Picnics!

Stonewall Japan was ambitious this year! Unlike previous years where we only did a Sunday booth, Leadership decided that we would have a booth and a picnic for both Saturday and Sunday. We also had a fun bar crawl on Saturday night, as well as participated in the Pride Parade on Sunday.

In case you didn’t know, every year Tokyo Rainbow Pride (TRP) gets bigger and bigger. In 2017, TRP had over 108,000 people in attendance, beating last year’s record by about 30,000 more people. According to the TRP website, over 35,000 people came on May 6th, 65,000 on the 7th, along with 5,000 people in the parade, and 3,000 for other events.

That’s why we wanted to try out doing more this year. With more people than ever coming to this event, we wanted to bring more people together into our community. Of course, we also wanted to have a lot of fun!

Before the Main Event
It was a bit intimidating at first trying to organize volunteers and schedules. Luckily I had a secret weapon: previous Stonewall President Louis. After we did a pre-meeting via Google Hangouts, we arranged nearly all the schedules and emails.
Two days before TRP, we both sent articles to All About Japan discussing Stonewall and the Stonewall events planned for those days. With more exposure, we hoped to bring more people to the booth and picnics, as well as just get our presence out there so that others could join our group.
Later, Kanto Leaders Kyle and Kayla were chosen to take charge of the picnic and I was chosen to lead the booth. Our volunteers were finalized, and everything just needed to come together.

Saturday – Booth
From morning to evening, TRP Festa was busy and bustling. When I and the morning volunteers arrived at 9:30, there was already a crowd forming around the drag queen crew at the front entrance for photos.Stonewall Japan Booth at TRP This year TRP was sponsored by a record 190 companies and organizations, all of them set up in huge booths with bright signs, free drinks, and mascots on display. There were big names like NTT Corp., Sony Corp. and Google Inc., which had its annual photo booth for nice pride pics. Every stall this year was literally jam-packed with attendees.

All in all, it was a stark contrast to the first year of TRP, which was mostly a few NPOs and local Tokyo LGBT groups. TRP has come a long way from a small pride event and has transformed into a fully loaded movement.

Our booth was squeezed in between the “Fruits in Suits” booth and a corporation with an orange bear mascot. We received a lot of visitors, and the volunteers worked all day to give out face paints, as well as conduct surveys on the LGBTQIA+ community. Even though the day was hot and the work was hard, we had a great time meeting new people and chatting with everyone who came by!

Saturday – Picnic2017 Stonewall Picnic, Saturday
At about 11, a group came together at Yoyogi Park for some fun snacks, beers, and good times!

For most of the day, people ate, drank, and made good memories with fellow Stonewall members and leaders. The picnic lasted until about 5, when everyone decided it was time to grab some food before the big bar crawl.

Saturday – Bar Crawl
At the annual bar crawl, a large group of Stonewall members headed out for a fun night in Shinjuku’s famous Nichome. Starting at 21:00, we gathered at Aiiro Cafe for a quick drink to get started.

2017 Stonewall Japan Bar Crawl, Saturday night

We slowly met up with both Stonewallers and members of Tokyo’s LGBT Meetup group. We chatted and introduced ourselves to each other, and managed to take our group picture! From there, we wandered over at 22:00 to an already-crowded Eagle. Everyone found new friends to meet and chat with! In order to accommodate both men and women, at 23:30 we headed to the everyone-friendly Arty Farty around the corner. We all danced and sang to some of the best music available in Nichome. As time ticked closer to one in the morning, we made our way to Annex to finish the evening with lighter music, dancing, and lots of opportunities to chat and say our goodbyes as we parted ways. The bar crawl was a fantastic evening, with new friendships forged and old friendships rekindled. Join us at the bar crawl next year and help us make it an even bigger event!

 

Sunday – Booth and Parade!
Face paints were a non-stop event at the booth! Everyone was prepped and ready for the main event of the day: The Pride Parade!
Stonewall Japan gathered around 11:30 for the big group picture in front of a very beautiful flower dog at the center of the Festa. Then we headed off to regroup behind float 22. This year we got a DJ float so we could dance the whole way through!

A very special thanks to the volunteers who stayed at the booth for over two hours while we marched. They made sure to keep getting donations and painting faces!

 

2017 Stonewall Japan TRP Parade marchEven though the parade took longer than originally thought, it was exciting to be a part of this massive solidarity experience. A big thanks to everyone who marched in the heat and sun to represent us and to walk for the rights of LGBTQIA+ people.

After all the hard work – over two days’ worth – we closed the booth early so the overworked volunteers could get a chance to be a part of the Festa and the picnic experiences.

Over those two days we made over 26,000 yen in donations. Ioana made some progress on surveys; I believe over fifty people participated. All in all, a success for Stonewall and its fabulous members!

Sunday – Picnic
The Sunday picnic was an amazing success!
We were close to the same spot as Saturday’s picnic, in Yoyogi park. Everything was set up and arranged around 11 a.m. and came to a close at 5 p.m.

The day was full of people coming and going from our little picnic, and of fun, friendly, thoughtful conversations.
Everyone was polite and, when the event was coming to a close, the small group who remained was kind enough to help clean up our picnic area and dispose of trash.

Cheers for more wonderful picnics for Stonewall and let’s hope next year’s Stonewall Japan experience at Tokyo Pride is just as lovely.

Stonewall Japan Sunday TRP picnic

 

Special Thanks!
Without all of the volunteers the event couldn’t have happened at all, so thank all of you so much! All the leaders for those days and activities are also recognized: Kyle, Kayla, Jon, and George, you are all amazing. May so much rainbow love go your way!
See you all at Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2018!

Kayla Johnson and Jon Lucas also contributed to this article.