A gay Japanese student is setting the world alight with his inspiring coming out speech called 'I Have A Dream Too'.
The 17-year-old boy entered the Hokkaido Prefectural English Speech Contest with his oration on LGBT rights last year.
He begun his inspiring monologue by describing the anti-gay legislation recently passed by Russia and the effect it would have on the Western societies.
‘Why do gay people have to face discrimination? Is it because they are not heterosexual?’, he asked.
‘The law cannot control love or people’s feelings.’
The Japanese student spoke about the famous Martin Luther King’s speech ‘I have a dream’ and he said he also shares his dream of equality.
‘I have faced discrimination as well. I am gay,' he said.
When he was in high school, the 17-year-old struggled to keep his 'secret safe' and was feeling 'completely alone'.
The student pointed out the difference in the treatment a LGBTI person receives in Europe and the United States compared with the one in Japan.
‘In Japan, we don’t show our hate so openly. It is silent discrimination’, the 17-year-old student said.
‘Many gay people hide who they really are because they are afraid of being rejected, not with angry words or threats of violence, but with isolation.’
He hoped one day gay people in Japan will live in a world ‘without any prejudice, hate or ignorance.’
‘I too have a dream. One day down in the meadows of Hokkaido, gay people and straight people are chatting together and eating BBQ in the sunshine,’ he said.
He declared he will fight not just for himself but for 'other young people' like him.
'I can see the road ahead will be difficult, but I must be brave,' proclaimed the student at the end of his speech.
In Japan LGBTI issues are often kept silent and there is little or no discussion.
Patrick Linehan, the openly gay U.S. Consul General for Osaka has said ‘there is no hatred of sexual minorities in Japan’ but there is a wide lack of knowledge and awareness about LGBTI culture.
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