At Tokyo Rainbow Pride festival on April 25-26, wear all the colors of the rainbow and help us fight LGBTQ stigma and discrimination, celebrate diversity, and save young lives.
Each year too many young lives are tragically cut short. Negative attitudes and cultural stigmas toward those who are gay or transgender put LGBTQ youth at an increased risk for bullying, teasing, harassment and physical violence compared with their heterosexual peers. The stresses and homosexual victimization experienced by LGBTQ youth put them at greater risk for other mental health problems besides depression, especially substance abuse. Research suggests each episode of LGBT victimization, such as physical or verbal harassment or abuse, increases the likelihood of self-harming behavior by 2.5 times on average. LGBTQ youth are 4 times more likely, and questioning youth are 3 times more likely, to attempt suicide as their straight peers.
We need your help throughout the weekend to help promote TELL and youth suicide awareness at our booth, and walk along with us in the parade. You can stay all day or just for a 2-hour shift, any amount of time will be greatly appreciated!
TELL is also looking to form a Tokyo Rainbow Festa & Parade Planning Committee, so if you have fun ideas and would like to be involved, please let us know and let’s get the ball rolling.
That weekend will involve lots of colorful fun and social awareness for LGBTQ, so bring your family and friends, everyone is welcome to join. For more details and to confirm your presence, email Mica Henderson at: firstname.lastname@example.org