Japan has become the first nation in the world to appoint a transgender politician. 25-year-old Tomoya Hosoda was elected Councillor to the city of Iruma, Kanto after winning 21 out of 22 seats in the elections.
As reported by the Japanese media, Hosoda will not only work toward LGBTQ rights, but also advocate for the rights of the differently-abled and the elderly.
Hosoda came out in 2015 after which he officially changed his name and gender in the family registry. He has now become the second transgender politician in Japan after Kamikawa Aya, a transgender female who was appointed to Tokyo's municipal office in 2003.
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