Darya Kasatkina is currently ranked 1st in the rating. 12th place in the world, the Russian blogger said that he is in a relationship with a woman, figure skater Natalya Zabiyako. Kasatkina published joint photos in social networks
after the interview.
situation in Russia
saying that she could never hold hands with her girlfriend in her home country, where she does not currently 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 LGTBQ
communities, according to to the Global Equality Council.
ILGA-Europe, an organization dedicated to protecting the rights of LGBTQ people 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. There were more LGBT athletes at last year’s Tokyo Olympics. at least 186
– than any previous games.
But even with increased prominence, many LGBTQ people around the world continue to face persecution. In the United States, state legislators introduced at least 162 banknotes
against LGBTQ Americans in the first half of 2022, a record year for such legislation.