Though the last Tokyo Rainbow Pride Week was disrupted due to coronavirus-related restrictions, organisers ensured this year’s event would carry no matter the circumstances by opting to hold Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2021 online. While the Pride Parade didn’t take its usual route through Shibuya, the virtual event still saw roughly 1.6 million people tune in over the last weekend of April.
The Pride Parade may have ended, but Tokyo Rainbow Pride Week will officially last until May 5. The theme for this year’s event is ‘our voices, our rights’ and the festival hopes to unify Tokyo’s diverse community, regardless of age, ability, nationality or gender identity. Much of the content uploaded online will still be available to view throughout the week, with more events including online lectures scheduled for the upcoming days. Some of the available content is in English, including a short film titled 'The Men Who Speak Gayle' shared by the British Council.