Tokyo Rainbow Pride.“The message of #UpdateHIV is, ‘Let’s work together to end the AIDS epidemic. Reduce discrimination to zero, AIDS diagnoses to zero, new infections to zero,’” says JohnJ, 59, who publicly goes by their drag moniker and uses they/them pronouns. “Now, I’m working with designers to visualize the float’s main theme, make flags and placards, and choose who will ride it.
We’ll set it all up and decorate it the day before the parade. For the first time, we’re having HIV-positive members walk in the front row, carrying a ‘We Are Positive’ flag.
I am deeply moved by our mission.”Tokyo’s annual Rainbow Pride — one of the largest LGBTQ pride festivals in Asia — is bouncing back in full following a three-year hiatus brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last year saw a somewhat muted return to an in-person celebration, with a cap on the number of participants and, of course, international borders closed.