Don’t worry if you can’t show your true colors here and now. The traditional Tokyo Rainbow Pride has gone virtual and welcomes anyone who wants to participate.
The lengthy weeks of isolation and global shutdown haven’t been easy for anyone. However, the members of the LGBT community, who still face legal discrimination, imprisonment, or death in many parts of the world, have become especially vulnerable, including in the countries that usually accept the colorful spectrum of sexual and gender identities with an open mind. Many experts have even advised against coming out to friends and families during the quarantine.
But you are not alone. Case in point? The very first online pride week created by the organizers of the canceled Tokyo Rainbow Pride.
- See the world after coronavirus at the Virtual Design Festival
- Take a VIP tour of Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol show
- Get your quarantine party started with Radio Radio
“When society as a whole is struggling economically, those in weak positions, including sexual minorities, are the ones who face negative consequences. We hope that the Tokyo Rainbow Pride online event can be a source of hope for those who don’t feel safe at home and those who are separated from their loved ones,” commented Tokyo Rainbow Pride co-organizer Fumino Sugiyama.
The initiative will kick off with a “digital parade” that will happen live on April 26 between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. local time. How can you participate? Just post pictures and messages on Twitter and Instagram using hashtags #TRP2020 and #prideathome, and they will appear on the event’s website. The pride week will then continue with planned talks and discussions, but instead of taking place in Tokyo’s Yoyogi Park, they will be live-streamed.
According to the organizers, new content will appear online every day up until May 6.
Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2020
The digital parade occurs on April 26 from 1 p. m. to 4 p. m. Tokyo time. Other portions of the program will be announced on the event’s website.