Privacy policy

All photos on our site were taken by our official photographers, who are careful to ask for permission before taking photographs. Should you no longer consent to your image being used, please email us and we will remove it as soon as possible.

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About our privacy policy

The privacy of our participants is extremely important to us. We hope to create a society in which anyone can attend a Pride parade without fearing any negative consequences, but we know that in 2013 there is still a long way to go.

We recognise that some people may wish to attend Tokyo Rainbow Pride but would prefer it if their participation was not advertised and no record was kept. We also believe in being honest about the risks of attending a public event in today's society. This is why we have written this privacy policy.

Being honest about anonymity

Tokyo Rainbow Pride is a public event and it is important for all our participants to realise that attending may result in photos being taken. As you will know, most people have a mobile phone with a camera and anyone can upload photos to the internet. We have no control over other sites and it is important that you are aware of this risk. We have taken various measures to facilitate anonymity for those who wish it, but please recognise that it is impossible for any event to 100% guarantee anonymous participation.

Why are photographs important?

In countries like Japan, where LGBT people are largely invisible in daily life and the media, it is very important for us to show what real LGBT people look like. Our participants may be dressed up in fancy costumes, but they are all real, happy people. If we do not show images of real people, there is a danger that the space will be filled with unrealistic media caricatures and prejudice.

Photographs of people enjoying Pride give encouragement to those who are suffering from prejudice and discrimination and those who were not able to attend. Social networks like Facebook and Twitter have made a new form of communication possible. Whilst recognising there are some risks involved, we would like to share our Pride with as many people as we can.

What can I do to remain anonymous?

Tokyo Rainbow Pride is an event for everyone and we do not think that those who wish to remain anonymous should be excluded from any part of the event. Whilst we cannot guarantee anonymity, there are various things that you can do to protect yourself. For example, you could wear costumes, masks and use face paints to create your own style. Help us create a carnival atmosphere for everyone to enjoy.

Please email us if you have any questions or feedback about our privacy policy, or if you have any other ideas for remaining anonymous at Tokyo Rainbow Pride. As we are an organisation staffed by volunteers, please understand that we may not always be able to reply immediately.

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