~Understanding LGBT through the Human Library~

Humans Become Books!
The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee recently held a workshop called The Human Library, in which seven invited guests volunteered to become books.

The Human Library is a workshop whereby people borrow people as books to read. In this scheme, volunteers become books and tell a part of their life experiences in person and have a dialogue with the readers. The workshop is designed to build a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue. (http://humanlibrary.org/(Open in a new window))

This time, we, as D&I Team, employ this method for Tokyo2020 members to deepen their understanding of LGBT and reflect the concept in Games planning.

(From left to right) Gon Matsunaka, Yuho Kanaya, Shigeyoshi Suzuki, Shun Tsuru, Junko Mitsuhashi, Hiroshi Hasegawa, and Maki Muraki

The workshop was held twice and 50 members participated for each time. Each workshop has two reading times. The reading time is approximately 20 minutes. During the reading times, members gave a close attention to the story tellers. Some members were so intrigued by the stories that they took part in the workshop twice.

After reading
“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.