Japanese football star Kumi Yokoyama comes out as transgender man

Japanese Women’s World Cup star Kumi Yokoyama had a breast-removal operation at the age of 20. – EPA pic, June 21, 2021.

JAPANESE Women’s World Cup star Kumi Yokoyama has come out as a transgender man – one of the few athletes to do so in a country where LGBTQ rights lag behind other developed nations.

Yokoyama, who represented Japan at the 2019 Women’s World Cup and currently plays for National Women’s Soccer League side Washington Spirit, said living in the United States made it easier to be “open” about sexuality and gender.

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