Hooray!!! The very first Kitakyushu Pride has successfully ended! Thanks to all the great efforts of the organizers, students of University of Kitakyushu, dozens of NPOs and others. 👏👏
More than 100 participants from different regions in Japan (from Hokkaido to Kyushu) gathered at Katsuyama Park not only to show their pride and support of LGBTQIA+ community but also to send warm and heartfelt messages to those who were suffering from the recent Kumamoto earthquakes.
Participants were divided into three sections:
(1) All for different and all are good 〜みんな違ってみんないい〜
(2) Want to know everyone〜 色々な人がいるってことを知りたい〜
(3) Our lives are free 〜自由に自分らしく生きたい〜
We set off from Katsuyama Park at 2 p.m. and marched around the commercial center of Kokura City for about an hour. Along the way, we’d been waving and greeting to passengers, sending the message of rainbow love. :))
Back to the main venue, we had a group of spectacular performers: drag queens, a famous queer flute player, an openly gay American-Japanese musician, a local queer boyband, … You name it, we’ve got it! Their excellent performances brought loads of positive energy to the pride and springtime!
Hope more to come next year!!! 🙂
やっぱ愛ダホ in 福岡 (IDAHO in Fukuoka) was held on a bright Saturday, May 21, 2016, @ Kego Park, Fukuoka park to send the ‘rainbow of love’ to everyone present.
Here are some highlights/interesting segments from the event:
– Rainbow Tunes – a billboard featuring information about some queer musicians and queer-related music – from k.d. Lang’s Constant Craving to MIKA’s Celebrate (It is a perfect way to queer up your playlist. Meanwhile, by spotlighting some out musicians it sent a message that you can be queer and successful).
– IDAHO Rainbow Photo Booth – a place where you can capture some your sweet moments with the beautiful rainbow background
– “Yes to Sexual Diversity” message booth – a place to share thoughts on LGBTQIA+ community for a more inclusive world
– Billboard on local LGBTQIA+ organizations/networks
– Pray for Rainbow booth – a charity project in supporting queer people suffering from Kumamoto earthquakes
Looking forward to your visit next year! : )