Historically, Japan has been behind the curve on LGBT+ rights, especially on same-sex marriage, however on June 3rd Governor Eikei Suzuki announced the outing ban as part of a wider anti-discrimination law in the region.
The Mie Region of Japan has become the country’s first prefecture to ban the outing of LGBT+ people without their permission. Under the new law, it is illegal to reveal an LGBT+ person’s sexual orientation or gender identity without their permission, and it is also against the law to coerce them into revealing it themselves.
Suzuki said that outing “can destabilise family and working relationships and drive people into isolation by disrupting their friendships and contact with other people”.
With health authorities in Japan probing coronavirus infection routes, many LGBT+ people have lived in fear that they could be outed against their will if they fall ill with the virus.
Health authorities in Japan began contact tracing coronavirus patients to learn how they were infected and to stop the spread of the virus.