Japan Becomes First Country in the World to Elect a Transgender Man to Public Office
Japanese politician Tomoya Hosoda has become the first transgender man to be elected to public office. The landmark step comes after decades of transgender women being involved in politics throughout the world.
Hosoda, 25, won 21 out of 22 seats to become a councillor for the city of Iruma, in the central region of Kanto.
Mr Hosoda said he does not just want to fight for LGBTQ rights but also for the rights of the disabled and the elderly, by constructing a system that embraces diversity and helps minorities, Japanese media reports.
“Until recently, people have acted as if sexual minorities do not exist. We have many hurdles to overcome, but I hope to live up to everyone’s expectations”, he told Stonewall, an organisation which supports LGBTQ people in Japan.
Mr Hosoda officially changed his name and gender in the family registry in 2015 after having come out and transitioned.
He has participated at various LGBTQ events and rook part in the Out in Japan campaign, an initiative to highlight the presence of homosexual and trans people in Japan.