Japan's Yokoyama comes out as transgender man Japan women's international forward Kumi Yokoyama has come out as a transgender man and says they want to help raise awareness in their home country. Biden praises Carl Nassib, Kumi Yokoyama for coming out: ' I'm so proud of your courage'President Biden on Tuesday praised Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama, two professional athletes who recently came out to the public, saying that their decision means that “countless kids around the world are seeing themselves in a new light today.” Japan’s LGBT community cheers soccer player’s coming out as trans manPresident Biden has also congratulated 27-year-old Japan international and Washington Spirit forward Kumi Yokoyama for their “courage” in coming out. U.S. President Biden lauds athletes Nassib, Yokoyama for coming outU.S. President Joe Biden praised the courage of the Las Vegas Raiders' Carl Nassib for becoming the National Football League's (NFL) first openly gay active player and Japan women's soccer forward Kumi Yokoyama for coming out as a transgender man. Japanese soccer player Yokoyama comes out as transgenderPeople from Japan’s LGBT+ community lack many legal protections and often suffer discrimination Japanese soccer player Yokoyama comes out as transgenderJapanese soccer player Kumi Yokoyama said they are transgender — a revelation praised in the U.S. where they play in the National Women’s Soccer League but an identity not legally recognized in Japan Biden praises 'inspiring' Kumi Yokoyama and Carl Nassib for coming out"Because of you, countless kids around the world are seeing themselves in a new light today," the U.S. president tweeted to the pair of athletes on Tuesday night. Top Japanese footballer Kumi Yokoyama comes out as a proud trans manTop Japanese footballer Kumi Yokoyama has come out as a transgender man, becoming the highest-profile athlete in Japan to do so.