A lawmaker of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party said being lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender goes against the preservation of the species at a party meeting on Thursday, participants said Friday.
Kazuo Yana, a three-term House of Representatives member, was also quoted by participants as saying at the gathering that LGBT people resist the basis of biology.
The 42-year-old’s comments are certain to draw rebukes from within his own party as well as from the opposition.
In a written response to Kyodo News, Yana said, “I will refrain from commenting about the (LGBT) remark as it was a closed meeting.”.
In the meeting, Yana repeatedly said he does not intend to discriminate against LGBT people, according to a participant.
LDP lawmaker and former economy minister Hiroshige Seko told a news conference Yana should thoroughly explain his remarks.
“How much does he have to hurt (LGBT) people and neglect their human rights to be satisfied?”. »