Tokyo Politician Comes Out At 51

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A small group of Japanese politicians came together last week to announce the formation of a new coalition dedicated to fighting for LGBT rights in the country.

One of the five politicians gathered at the event was 51-year-old Kunihiro Maeda, who used the opportunity to publicly come out as gay.

“LGBT people exist in any generation,” he said, according to Asahi Shimbun. “I hope my coming out will encourage people in my generation to take a courageous step. We have to enact changes to enhance the understanding of LGBT [people].”

Another was Aya Kamikawa, a trans woman who has represented the Setagaya Ward assembly in Tokyo since 2003.

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