26 Apr '11, 10am

Japan's 1st openly gay politician hails poll win - Channel NewsAsia

Japan's 1st openly gay politician hails poll win - Channel NewsAsia

TOKYO: Taiga Ishikawa, the first openly gay politician in Japan to win an election, on Tuesday hailed the result as a victory for the rights of sexual minorities. "I hope my election victory will help our fellows nationwide to have hope for tomorrow, as many of them cannot accept themselves, feel lonely and isolated and even commit suicide," he told AFP. Thirty-six-year-old Ishikawa won a seat in a Tokyo ward assembly in local elections on Sunday. Prior to his victory, no openly homosexual politician had won office in Japan. He said he hoped his victory would help lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. "Many LGBTs, or sexual minorities, realise the fact when they are at elementary and junior high schools, many of which are operated by the municipality," Ishikawa said. "As a ward assembly member, I would like to reinforce support to LGBT children at schools." Ishika...

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