Russian tennis star Daria Kasatkina comes out as gay as Moscow seeks to further tighten LGBTQ laws
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Daria Kasatkina, Russia’s top-ranked female tennis player, revealed on Monday that she is dating a woman as the Russian government seeks to further restrict discussions of LGBTQ relationships.
Kasatkina made the revelation in an interview with YouTube blogger Vitya Kravchenko. When the interviewer asked Kasatkina if she had a girlfriend, the tennis star replied “yes”. She added that she thinks “living in the closet” won’t be sustainable in the long run.
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“It’s no use, it would always be spinning in your head, until you say something. Obviously each person decides how to open up and how much,” she said.
After the interview was published, Kasatkina posted a photo of herself kissing Olympic silver medalist Natalia Zabiiako with a heart emoji and called the athlete her “cute pie” in a Twitter post. ulterior. Zabiiako also posted the photo on her Instagram page.
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Russian lawmakers have sought to expand a law to completely ban the “promotion” of LGBTQ relationships in a positive or neutral light and ban showing LGBTQ content in movies. Since 2013, the county has banned any discussion of LGBTQ relationships, which it considers to constitute “promotion of non-traditional sexual relationships” to minors.
Kasatkina recently reached the semi-final of Roland-Garros. She is ranked No. 12 in the world and lives and trains in Spain. She also called for an end to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.