A delegation of LGBT activists from Japan visited and had dinner Saturday with members of the World OutGames Miami committee.
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“We came to Miami because we understand it has a rich history with regards to the LGBT community and also because of the OutGames that are going to be held here in 2017,” said visiting Japanese attorney Kazuyuki Minami, of Nanmori Law Office, an “openly gay law firm” he shares with his life partner, also a lawyer.
Other visitors from Japan:
▪ Anri Ishizaki, pepresentative, Fukuoka Rainbow Educational Networks
▪ Maki Kimura , president, Nijiiro Diversity
▪ Roma Koiwa, freelance Writer, IG Press
▪ Yuya Makizono, director, HACO Gay Men’s Health Information Center
The activists are in the United States as part of the U.S. State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, and their trip was arranged by the Institute of International Education, according to Annette Alvarez, executive director of Global Ties Miami.
Objectives, according to the State Department:
▪ Explore U.S. civil rights laws and their applicability to the LGBT cause;
▪ Examine local and state campaigns for LGBT rights;
▪ Assess obstacles and achievements in the rise of the LGBT rights movement; and
▪ Examine evolving social conditions including health care, employment rights and popular attitudes.
World OutGames will be held in Miami from May 26 to June 4, 2017.