Daria Kasatkina, presently ranked No. 12 on the earth, informed a Russian blogger that she is in a relationship with a girl, determine skater Natalia Zabiiako. Kasatkina posted images of the 2 collectively on social media
following the interview.
Kasatkina spoke out against
the scenario in Russia
, saying that she is going to by no means be capable of maintain palms together with her girlfriend in her residence nation, the place she isn’t presently based mostly.
“This notion of someone wanting to be gay or becoming one is ridiculous. I think there is nothing easier in this world than being straight,” she mentioned. “Seriously, if there is a choice, no one would choose being gay. Why make your life harder, especially in Russia? What’s the point?”
Though same-sex relationships have been decriminalized in Russia in 1993, the tides have shifted lately. In 2013, the nation handed a “gay propaganda” regulation, which has been used to focus on the LGTBQ
neighborhood, in accordance to The Council for Global Equality.
The ILGA-Europe, a company working for LGBTQ rights in Europe, ranks Russia as one of many worst nations in Europe for LGBTQ folks, above only Azerbaijan and Turkey.
“Living in the closet is impossible. It is too hard, it is pointless,” Kasatkina mentioned. “Living in peace with yourself is the only thing that matters.”
More athletes world wide are selecting to come back out publicly. Last yr’s Tokyo Olympics featured extra out LGBTQ athletes — at least 186
— than any earlier video games.
But even with elevated visibility, many LGBTQ folks world wide proceed to face persecution. In the US, state lawmakers have launched at least 162 bills
concentrating on LGBTQ Americans within the first half of 2022 — a document yr for such laws.