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Dutee Chand, India's First Openly Gay Athlete, Is Cosmopolitan's Latest Cover Girl

Image Credits: CosmoIndia/Instagram.

Image Credits: CosmoIndia/Instagram.

Dutee Chand, a national lever sprinter, who came out as gay in May has been the subject of speculation as she revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship. Chand is India's first openly-gay athlete.

Raka Mukherjee
  • News18.com
  • Last Updated: July 9, 2019, 11:53 AM IST
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Dutee Chand has been in the news of late, and perhaps for not the best of reasons.

Dutee Chand, a national lever sprinter, who came out as gay in May has been the subject of speculation as she revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship. Chand is India's first openly-gay athlete.

Dutee, who won two silver medals at the 2018 Asian Games, became one of the few athletes in the world to openly admit same-sex relationship.

Instead of this being a very positive account, however, her revelation came in the light of the facts that her elder sister had threatened to go public with this information, as a way of blackmailing her. Since her revelation, Dutee has said that her family is not fully supportive of her relationship, and she hopes she finds acceptance soon.

"What I am doing is not wrong, nor is it a crime," she told News18 in an interview.

Now, despite the hurdles, Dutee Chand isn't shying away from coming out.

Cosmopolitan India's digital cover features the sprinter.

Dressed in all-black athletic active-wear, Dutee Chand is also draped with a rainbow colored tulle-material cape.

The same colours as the rainbow, and of pride, as June is International Pride month.

"India's Shining Star and First Openly-Gay Athlete," the caption reads.

Dutee Chand's coming out, irrespective of the circumstances, was a landmark in India. We don't see openly gay popular figures in media. Her being on the cover, is perhaps on the same note - that you shouldn't have to shy away from who you are, irrespective of who you love.

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