Pride House Tokyo is a project that transcends sector boundaries to link various groups, individuals and corporations in solidarity. Pride House Tokyo will take the opportunity of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to establish a pop-up information center and spread information related to LGBT people and other sexual minorities, as well as to provide various events and programs related to diversity. Along with working to ensure that LGBT athletes, their friends and families, as well as spectators and local participants, are free to be themselves as they enjoy a diversity-themed Olympics, it also aims to create a permanent safe space for the next generation of LGBT youth as an enduring legacy of 2020.
The world’s first Pride House was established during the Vancouver Winter Olympics. Since then, Pride Houses have been organized in various forms primarily by local NGOs during large-scale international sporting events. The Pride House Tokyo consortium kicked off on September 6, 2018, two years before the final day of the 2020 Paralympics, determined to leave behind a lasting legacy in Japanese society after 2020.
Pride House Tokyo will take on three challenges as its goals during the 45 days of the 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Friday, July 24 to Sunday, September 6.
Aspiring to create a legacy lasting beyond 2020
TOWARD / UNITED / BEYOND – 3 Steps
The period leading up to the Olympics and the Paralympics
（September 2018 – July 2020）Pride House Tokyo will spread information about LGBT people, LGBT people in sports, and LGBT culture, etc., through various interactive initiatives, as well as providing information to sports-related groups and organizations. Pride House Tokyo will procure operating funds by collecting donations, and along with creating activities and programs for 2020, it will also develop the pop-up Pride House Tokyo space.
During the Olympics and the Paralympics
（July – September 2020）The Pride House Tokyo space will be established, offering opportunities for large numbers of people to experience the beauty of diversity. Also, while sharing messages from LGBT athletes and allies and creating mechanisms to support LGBT people through product purchases, Pride House Tokyo will distribute information related to sexual health, provide media guidelines, and provide consultations and a support network for anyone in need.
After the Olympics and the Paralympics
（September 2020 – ）Pride House Tokyo: Legacy (provisional name) will be established as a permanent LGBT center with the goal of creating a safe space for the next generation of young LGBT people. Pride House Tokyo will support efforts to create similar locations all across Japan based on its accumulated experience, past projects and knowhow. Pride House Tokyo will create a sustainable organization and consider how to take a proactive approach to effectively implementing measures in the social sector.