I first thought, world won’t allow a girl to be with a girl. But she said, if we want we can make it work: Dutee Chand

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After becoming the first Indian sportsperson to talk about being in a same-sex relationship, Dutee Chand opens up about dealing with the dilemma of coming out and the reaction of her family and well-wishers since

Shared News| Updated: May 26, 2019 7:38:11 am
Asian Games medallist Dutee Chand opens up about dealing with the dilemma of coming out.
Last week Dutee Chand became the first Indian sportsperson to openly talk about being in a same-sex relationship. Since then she has received a wave of support on social media which has put her at ease. In an interview to The Indian Express, the Asian Games medallist and national record holder, talks about how the relationship grew stronger with time, how it was difficult to be single, about a previous heartbreak with a boy and how she dealt with the dilemma of whether to acknowledge the same-sex relationship or not. Excerpts:

Over the past week since you spoke about being in a same-sex relationship are you overwhelmed by the reactions on social media around the world?

I have been getting hundreds of phone calls since last Sunday when the news first broke. For me being in a same-sex relationship, meant you like someone of your choice, want to be with this person for the rest of your life and be in love with the person. I knew it would make news, but didn’t realise the extent to which people would discuss it, tweet about it and want to talk to me about it. I just saw a positive comment by Twinkle Khanna a while back. You had informed me about Ellen (de Generres) tweeting about it and Viren Rasquinha writing in support. I feel I made the right decision to talk about being in a same-sex relationship.

You have been thinking a lot about whether or not you should talk about being in a same-sex relationship. What were the reasons?



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