Daria Kasatkina is the no. 1 tennis player in the women’s section in Russia. Currently, ranking in 12th in the world. On Monday, she announced that she is in a relationship with the same gender. She also denounces the widespread homophobia in Russia.
“It’s difficult, and there’s no point in staying in the closet for a long time,” she says in the interview. Shot in Spain and broadcast on the channel of a YouTuber, (Vitia Kravchenko) in which she says she currently has a girlfriend.
“You’ll have knots in your brain until you say it. Afterward, everyone must choose how they want to open up and to what extent. The most important thing is to be good with yourself,” adds the 25-year-old sportswoman.
It also regrets that this subject is “banned” in Russia. “There are even more important topics that are banned, so this is not surprising.” The player also says that “choosing to be lesbian” makes life more difficult, “, especially in Russia.”
Homosexuality was considered a crime in Russia until 1993 and a mental illness until 1999.
Russian LGBT people are often subjected to hostility, violence, and sometimes even murder.
Kasatkina’s statements come as Russian lawmakers proposed a new bill that would ban the dissemination of information “about non-traditional sexual relations” to any type of public.
A law passed in 2013 against homosexual “propaganda” prohibits disseminating such information to minors.
Many LGBT+ NGOs claim that the law is used as a pretext to persecute homosexuals in a country. Vladimir Putin and the Orthodox Church advocate traditional values in the face of a West presented as degenerate.
A few hours after her interview on Youtube, Daria Kasatkina published a photo showing her with a young woman on her Instagram account.
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