Russian tennis player Daria Kasatkina admitted that she is a lesbian.

Daria Kasatkina, now ranked 12th in the world, told a Russian blogger that she was in a relationship with a woman, figure skater Natalya Zabiyako. Kasatkina published joint photos in social networks after the interview.
Kasatkina opposed situation in Russia, stating that she could never hold hands with her girlfriend in her home country, where she currently does not reside.

“This notion that someone wants to be or become gay is ridiculous. I think that in this world there is nothing easier than being straight,” she said. “Seriously, if given the choice, no one would choose to be gay. Why complicate your life, especially in Russia? What’s the point in that?”

Although same-sex relationships were decriminalized in Russia in 1993, the situation has changed in recent years. In 2013, the country passed a “gay propaganda” law that was used against the LGBT community. to the Global Equality Council.
ILGA-Europe, an organization dedicated to LGBTQ rights in Europe, ranks Russia as one of the worst countries in Europe for LGBTQ people. only Azerbaijan and Turkey.

“It is impossible to live in a closet. It’s too hard, it’s pointless,” Kasatkina said. “Living at peace with yourself is the only thing that matters.”

More and more athletes around the world are choosing to perform in public. More LGBTQ athletes, at least 186, competed at the Tokyo Olympics last year than at any previous games.
But even with increased prominence, many LGBTQ people around the world continue to face persecution. In the US, state legislators introduced at least 162 bills targeting LGBTQ Americans in the first half of 2022, a record year for such legislation.

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