"The Fuchu Youth Center Trial: A Homosexual Group Defeats the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in Court"
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The Fuchu Youth Center Trial: A Homosexual Group Defeats the Tokyo Metropolitan Government in Court
In this paper, I study an incident of discrimination against homosexuals by the Tokyo Metropolitan Fuchu
Youth Center in 1990 and the resulting civil trial from 1991 to 1997. This event had its roots in the refusal of a
room to the homosexual group 'Occur' by the Fuchu Youth Center on the grounds of the group members'
homosexuality. This paper explores the process of making a claim of discrimination and prejudice about
homosexuals in an extremely restrictive place like a court by considering what became of the incident from the
standpoints of both Occur and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
I show how Occur's claim was carried out in two ways. First, the claim lifted the blanket of homophobia that
lay behind Tokyo Metropolitan Government's argument. Second, it showed that the 'baleful homosexuals
theory' was nothing more than prejudice. This is a matter of common knowledge, but in court Occur had to lay
it out as a public argument, because a trial is a formalized event. Through these activities, Occur won the court
Keywords: Fuchu Youth Center, homosexuals, discrimination, trial, claim-making activity