Hiroshima Castle is lit up in a rainbow of colors to support sexual minorities ahead of Human Rights Week. (Video by Koichi Ueda and Chifumi Shinya)

HIROSHIMA--Ahead of Human Rights Week, Hiroshima Castle was lit up in a rainbow of colors on Dec. 3 in support of sexual minorities--collectively known as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender).

Eight LED lights illuminated the castle and changed colors from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple at regular intervals during the light show planned by the Hiroshima prefectural consultative council of network for human rights enlightenment activities.

The castle in the city's Naka Ward will be illuminated in the colors nightly to symbolize sexual diversity from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. until Dec. 10 to coincide with Human Rights Week, which runs from Dec. 4-10.

“I hope that an event like this can serve as a catalyst for more people to have a better understanding of sexual minorities,” said Emi Nomoto, 44, head of the Hiroshima Prefecture sexual minority association, which grapples with support activities for LGBT people.