Japanese lesbian pioneer sees progress in her run for office

05/31/2007 | Reuters

Kanako Otsuji, bidding to become Japan's first out lesbian lawmaker at the national level, believes her candidacy shows her conservative nation is making progress in its attitudes toward gays and lesbians. "People who can come out should become visible, enter politics and gain wider understanding," Otsuji said. "Then concrete things like anti-discrimination laws will follow."

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