Understanding LGBT through the Human Library
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee held a workshop called “The Human Library”, which saw seven guests invited to become books.
The Human Library is a workshop whereby people borrow people as books to read. The guests become books by telling part of their life experiences to the readers. The workshop is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.
As D&I Team we employ this method for Tokyo2020 members to deepen their understanding of LGBT and reflect the concept during Games planning.
(From left to right) Gon Matsunaka, Yuho Kanaya, Shigeyoshi Suzuki, Shun Tsuru, Junko Mitsuhashi, Hiroshi Hasegawa, and Maki Muraki
The workshop, which was held twice, saw 100 members participate. Each workshop has two reading times which were approximately 20 minutes. Some members were so intrigued by the stories that they took part in the workshop the second time.
Some of the book titles included: “I didn't like gender-based school uniforms”, “I want to live an honest life”, “I can't attend open day or sports day for my kids” and “I have been constantly harassed by people on trains. One time, a mother saw me and whispered to her child ‘Look at that strange person!’.”
Hopefully, listening to the real voice of LGBT people have motivated members to plan an inclusive Games that everyone can truly enjoy.