Japanese LGBTQ Safe Space Opens in Osaka

Japanese LGBTQ Safe Space Opens in Osaka
Picture: A rainbow flag in Cologne, Germany. By: Tim Bieler, via Unsplash, 2020

04-05-2022 

Malina Wiethaus

Japan and Human Rights Researcher 

Global Human Rights Defence

In April 2022, a center for LGBTQ+ people opened in Osaka. The center aims at creating a safe space for LGBTQ+ people, as well as other sexual minorities to exchange and connect (Kyodo, 2022). The center is run by the NGO Nijiiro Diversity. Nijiiro Diversity was founded in 2013, and ever since advocates for diversity and inclusion in private settings, as well as at the workplace. The first Japanese NGO addressig LGBTQ+ discrimination in the world of work has taken up a new project by opeing the safe center for sexual minorities and LGBTQ+ people (Nijiiro Diversity, n.d.). 

The center is located within walking distance from Osaka’s government building and the prefectural’s labor center. This makes access to social services and government support easier. The center itself is decorated with rainbow signs at its windows to signalize its presence. Furthermore, the bathrooms in the center are equipped with dressing tables, inviting the visitors to wear what they feel most comfortable in. In Japan, some sexual minoroties might face dicrimination for wearing clothing identifiable with their sexual orientation (Kyodo, 2022). 

The creation of the center was also heavily influenced by the pandemic. The outbreak of the Covid19 pandemic led to clubs and bars in which LGBtQ+ people feel at ease gathering, closing. The center addresses this isolation by creating a safe space for gatherings. Furthermore, the center also includes in-house counseling for LGGTQ+ people as well as their families and friends (Kyodo, 2022). 



Sources and further readings: 

Kyodo. (2022, April 5). LGBTQ safe space opens in Osaka. Japan Today. Retrieved April 5, 

2022, from https://japantoday.com/category/national/lgbtq-safe-space-opens-in-osaka

Nijiiro Diversity. (n.d.). nijiiro diversity. Nijiirodiversity.Jp. Retrieved April 5, 2022, from 

https://nijiirodiversity.jp/english/