In May of this year, Go Shindo won the WBC female flyweight title from Hungarian champ Renata Szebeledi. Recently, Shindo announced that she is transgender. Shindo, assigned female at birth, is living with gender identity disorder and identifies as male. Shindo decided to go public so that her story could be inspirational to others living with g.i.d.
In Japan, an unnamed transgender man has been denied the right to be the legal parent of the infant that his lawful wife gave birth to through artificial insemination. Although the man is registered as male and the couple legally married in 2008, the court ruled that the child cannot be adopted by the father because they are not biologically related.