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Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2020 Moves Online with Pride from Home Hashtag and Live Streams

A look back at photos from previous years and how Japan's LGBT community is sharing their pride with #おうちでプライド.

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Tokyo’s colorful pride parade, which usually fills the street of Shibuya with over 10,000 participants, has been replaced with an online event. Unfortunately, the real-life Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival for 2020 which was scheduled to take place between April 25 and May 6 has been canceled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

This year the TRP organizers have invited everyone to tag their best rainbow looks, supportive messages, or fabulous memories from past years with #TRP2020 and #おうちでプライド (#prideathome) on Instagram instead.

Just because you’re stuck at home doesn’t mean you can’t be Gone With the Wind fabulous.

This year, we can celebrate rainbow pride from home by participating in live streams and talk show events. Live shows will be broadcasted on the Tokyo Rainbow Pride Official Twitter all throughout pride week, overlapping with Japan’s Golden Week since we’ll all be holed up at home. Check out their official website for the live show schedules and more information.

This year’s TRP theme is “Your Happiness is My Happiness,” which encourages everyone around the world to respect each others’ “form of happiness.”

Let’s have a look at some of the best rainbow representations for TRP2020.

Starbucks 2020 Pride Tumblers

The special edition Starbucks #nofilter tumblers are back again this year to celebrate the 2020 Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival! You can order your tumbler online and show it off from home.

Drag queen throwbacks

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過去のTOKYO RAINBOW PRIDEにて。 コロナの影響でオンライン開催となった 今年の『東京レインボープライド』。 色々な意見はあるけれど、 私はこのイベントが大好きです。 代々木公園から渋谷、原宿を巡って また代々木公園に戻る「プライドパレード」では、 沿道から手を振ってくれたり声援を送ってくれる人に、 世界は少しずつでも確実に優しい方向に向かっていると感じることができます。 パレードを一緒に歩く当事者の皆さんや、 公園で楽しむ一般の方の笑顔を見ると、 慌ただしい日々の中で少しずつ色褪せてしまう 「ゲイプライド」という言葉の意味を、 改めて己の中で強く感じることができます。 晴天の空の下、 また沢山の人の満面の笑みに出逢える日の為に、 今日はおうちでゆっくり想いを馳せたいと思います。 All photos by @chum1112 #TRP2020 #おうちでプライド #tokyorainbowpride #ゲイプライド #ドリアンロロブリジーダ #durianlollobrigida

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As disappointing as it is that one of the biggest LGBTQ+ parades in Japan isn’t happening this year, it’s become a great opportunity for everyone to showcase their best rainbow looks from past events. These queens are working it.

Online events for the whole family to enjoy

“Can you put this on me?” one of @chie_with_kids’ children asked after watching online pride events that preach LGBTQ+ acceptance, love, and belonging within the wider community of Japan. How cute!

Pride make up looks

What better way to celebrate rainbow pride at home than to create beautiful looks with colorful makeup? No matter your gender, makeup is a fun way to express yourself and show off some artistry. #Skills

IKEA’s rainbow rooms

Even IKEA Japan is joining the rainbow fun this year with these colorful rainbow room sets!

Pride at home

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Rainbow masks are also a common theme with the #prideathome hashtag, promoting health and safety to all during these troubling times.

No normal

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#TRP2020 #おうちでプライド

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Another throwback picture from a past parade. The sign reads, “no such thing as normal.”

Live performances from home

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#TRP2020 #おうちでプライド

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Live streams and performances are being held all over social networking services during pride week. For the official Tokyo Rainbow Pride Festival broadcasts, don’t forget to check their official Twitter account.

Colorful cooking

Rainbow cakes, rainbow cookies, and even rainbow pizza! Try the #rainbowfoodchallenge to show off your tasty pride masterpieces.

Temple rainbow pride

More and more temples are becoming LGBTQ+ friendly, what a great step for Japan!

It’s not too late to participate in the fun yourself. Use hashtags #TokyoRainbowPride#TRP2020, or #おうちでプライド to spread the love on Instagram even you’re stuck at home.

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