A newly elected parliamentarian in Japan has used her platform to tackle LGBT education in schools. Sadako Tsujigami won the first round of elections in April for the House of Councillors, the country’s upper house of parliament. On Tuesday (2 July), she used a plenary session to push the government about LGBT education and anti-discrimination measures. Tsujigami argued that including LGBT lessons in school would help reduce bullying and promote awareness. ‘I am LGBT, but I’ve been working hard to turn many life struggles into opportunities,’ she said in parliament. ‘The effects of education about LGBT are not only in study sessions, but also in daily activities. ‘Lawmakers have an opportunity for education that invites people who have published LGBT educational materials, prohibits improper treatment of LGBT, and actively works with officials who support LGBT.’
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