Indian runner star Dhoti Chand She took to social media to post a photo of her with her friend, who is getting married, and enticed her with the comment: “I loved you yesterday, I still love you, and always will.”
Dutee became the first openly gay Indian athlete in May 2019. She also faced a barrage of criticism from her family after she announced that she was in a same-sex relationship.
“What I’m doing is neither wrong nor a crime,” she said in an interview with News18.
In 2021, Dutee will take part in the Queen’s Baton in Birmingham and use the opportunity to highlight homophobia in the Commonwealth of Nations.
Dutee sent a strong anti-homophobia message when she carried the LGBTQIA+ flag at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“LGBT+ athletes should feel safe and comfortable, being themselves without fear of persecution or death,” Doughty told PTI.
The Odisha athlete, who hails from the nondescript village of Shaka Gopalpur, is a double Asian Games silver medalist.
Dutee won the landmark “gender” case against the IAAF in an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in favor sports In 2015, she was allowed to compete after being suspended for a year.
CAS suspended the IAAF policy on hyperandrogenism for two years. Later, the world body changed its policy, which is now only applicable to female athletes competing in the 400m to 1,500m range, leaving Doughty, who competes in the 100m and 200m, out of its range.
When I first admitted to my relationship status I didn’t know about the LGBTQ+ movement. People made fun of me, called me a “psychopath” and used vulgar words in public.
I suffered from sleepless nights, but now things have changed for the better. I never thought that one day this would happen and I would be invited as a brand ambassador for CWG. It can’t be greater than this. Now everything has stopped and the same people come to me and show respect.
Dutee has been in Realtion with Monalisa for over years now and the pair was recently featured on the cover of Odia magazine, Kadambini. Monalisa met Dutee for the first time during the Khudurkuni puja in her village and the couple will move in together after she completes her bachelor’s degree.
(With inputs from agencies)
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