Over half of Japan's 'abused' lesbians, trans* people have considered suicide, says survey

Ivan Fernandes
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More than half of Japan’s lesbians, bisexual women and trans* people who have experienced some form of abuse have considered suicide, according to a Tokyo-based citizens’ group.

The survey to focus exclusively on lesbians, bisexual women and transgender individuals was conducted by Gay Japan News — involved in making policy recommendations for sexual minority rights in the country.

It had conducted an interview survey of 50 such people in six different regions across the country.

The survey sample though small is one of very few surveys pertaining to this group and has revealed both the lack of understanding and the scarcity of support for such persons in Japan.

The survey between November 2010 and March 2012 was part of a broader initiative conducted by the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission  (IGLHRC) in five Asian countries.

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