Japan Calls Discrimination Against the LGBT Community a Form of Sexual Harassment

Transit Girls. Fuji Television

Transit Girls. Fuji Television

In a major move for the LGBT community in Japan, the country has defined discrimination against “sexual minorities” as a form of sexual harassment. The Labor Ministry released new guidelines updating harassment rules to protect lesbian and gay people based on sexual orientation, but also gender identity. The new guidelines will hopefully be in effect by January 2017.

“Defining workplace discrimination against LGBT individuals as sexual harassment is too narrow, and would also lead to bias as any discrimination would be labeled ’sexual harassment,’”CEO of the Hong Kong-based Community Business Fern Ngai said. “There should be a more comprehensive legal framework for the protection of sexual minorities, on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, including full anti-discrimination laws.”

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