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6th Annual KG Rainbow Week Begins at Kwansei Gakuin University

Public Relations Office        May 15, 2018

The kickoff event

The kickoff event

 On May 14th, KG Rainbow Week, which aims to help foster an environment on campus which recognizes diversity of all types, including sexual minorities, began at Kwansei Gakuin University. KG Rainbow Week will run until May 18th on the Nishinomiya Uegahara and Nishinomiya Seiwa campuses, and from May 21st to 25th on the Kobe Sanda Campus.

KG Rainbow Week has been held every year since 2013, in accordance with IDAHOT (The International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia), a day which recognizes the struggles of LGBT communities across the world. This year’s theme is "Zero Discrimination: We want to create a college campus where each person is respected for who they are.” Panel exhibits, LGBT-related book exhibits, movie screenings, fellowship gatherings, panel discussions, lectures and other events are planned during Rainbow Week.

The live performance

The live performance

 At the kickoff event, Professor Joe Takeda, head of the university’s Institute for Human Rights Research and Education, explained what KG Rainbow Week was about. Prof. Takeda also gave a silent prayer in remembrance of Prof. Teruko Enomoto, a central pillar in this initiative, who passed away this April. Afterward, President Osamu Murata spoke to the assembled crowd, saying that “Rainbow Week’s goal is our society to become a place where people of different nationalities, ethnicities, political leanings and the like can speak freely with one another, and offer mutual respect. I hope that our students will develop a firm understanding about diversity during Rainbow Week at various places of learning.” The band HIV performed after the speeches, to a great reaction.

In September 2010, Kwansei Gakuin came out with the “Building an Inclusive Community” statement, which vows to respect all members of the KG community—students, pupils, kindergarteners, faculty, staff and others—regardless of their gender, age, nationality, ethnicity, sexuality, place of birth, or religion, and to work to build an environment where everyone can exhibit their own talents. With events like KG Rainbow Week, The university continues to make steps toward that goal.