26 Apr '11, 10pm

Japan's first openly gay politician hails poll win via @cmswire

Japan's first openly gay politician hails poll win via @cmswire

'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. -- PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / HO / OSAMU TAKAHASHI via TAIGA ISHIKAWA CAMPAIGN OFFICE 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. Mr Ishikawa, 36, 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 (LGBT) people....

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