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The city of Iruma in Japan can now boast being the first city in the world in which an elected official is a trans man.
Tomoya Hosoda, 25, was elected councillor of the city. He came out as trans while studying medicine at Teikyo University, beginning his transition in 2015.
Hosoda is considering working for LGBTI rights as well as improving the lives of older people and people with disabilities, according to the Star Observer.
Coming out is only one step
For Hosoda, coming out was only the first step. In an interview for Out in Japan, Hosoda said:
It is now time to build a foundation for the people who need to move forward. Some walls cannot be overcome by one person. We have to work together and help each other out. Until recently, people have acted as if sexual and gender minorities do not exist. We have many hurdles to overcome, but I hope to live up to everyone’s expectations.
Japan had already elected a trans woman in 2003.
In 1999, New Zealand was the first nation to elect a trans parliamentarian, Georgina Beyer.
In the late 2000s, Alecs Recher became an elected representative of the city of Zurich in Switzerland, though he began transitioning during his tenure and not before election.