Transgendered woman wins election in Japan

BY Advocate.com Editors

April 28 2003 11:00 PM ET

Aya Kamikawa, a transgendered woman, won a seat in the Tokyo assembly on Sunday, the Japan Economic Newswire reports. The 35-year-old came in sixth out of 72 candidates for the 52 seats in the assembly. "I will proudly attend the assembly as a woman," Kamikawa said. However, the election will be counted as a win by a male in official election records, because Kamikawa was born male.

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