Lesbian Couple First to Marry At Tokyo Disney
Japanese lesbian blogger Koyuki Higashi and her partner Hiroko made history on Friday when they became the first same-sex couple to wed in Japan — at Tokyo Disney, reports UK LGBT site PinkNews.
Higashi tweeted the photo above of her and her new wife in princess-style white wedding gowns, flanked my Mickey and Minnie Mouse. "My love Hiroko and I wore wedding dresses and had a mini-parade at DisneySea, a place I also love," Hagashi tweeted after the ceremony.
Last year, when Higashi first proposed the idea of a same-sex wedding at Tokyo Disney, officials told her that one of the parties marrying must wear a tuxedo, but quickly reversed its decision after Higashi blogged about the arbitrary rule.
While same-sex marriage is not legal in Japan, Higashi said she hopes her wedding will help raise awareness.
"We may not have a law that applies to us, but when someone congratulates us for the wedding, I will proudly say, 'Thank you!'" Hagashi told PinkNews.
Higashi's partner, Hiroko, declined to give her full name since her family does not accept her sexuality. Despite her semi-closeted status, Hiroko told PinkNews that she hopes people find meaning in the ceremony.
"This could prompt Japan to question why it so often ignores or discriminates against minorities," Hiroko said. "Mostly, we just want people to know that gay people exist for real, and we would like to throw weddings like everyone else.