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Russia's number one ranked tennis player Daria Kasatkina comes out as gay
Russia's number one women's tennis player Daria Kasatkina has announced that she is gay.In an interview with Russian YouTube blogger Vitya Kravchenko, the 25-year-old said that "living in the closet" is impossible, adding that she has a girlfriend.Kasatkina is ranked 12 in the world and reached the French Open semi-final last month.She said she was inspired to come out after Russian footballer Nadya Karpova revealed that she is gay."Living in peace with yourself is the only thing that matters, f*** everyone else," she added."I believe it is important that influential people from sports, or any other sphere really speak about it."It is important for young people who have a hard time with society and need support." Pride in London: Thousands turn out in force as the capital celebrates 50 years since the first march for LGBTQ+ rights LGBTQ+ on screen: We've come a long way but there's more work to do Pride parade has become 'overly corporate', says one of UK's leading LGBTQ+ rights activists Shortly after the interview was released, Kasatkina posted a picture on Instagram with Olympic silver medalist Natalia Zabiiako with a heart emoji and called the Russian-Estonian figure skater "my cutie pie" in a Twitter post.Zabiiako won silver with Russia during the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea and she posted the same picture on Instagram.In 2013, Russia banned the discussion and "promotion of non-traditional sexual relations" to minors and has restricted LGBT+ advocacy or protest in public.The Russian parliament is seeking to broaden the legislation to cover the promotion of LGBT+ relationships in a positive or neutral light and on showing content in cinemas.Kasatkina lives and trains in Spain, where the interview was filmed and
LGBTI asylum seekers facing 'double discrimination' across Europe, warns report
The situation for LGBTI asylum seekers in a number of European countries is fraught with difficulties with many facing double discrimination, a new report has warned.They face "specific difficulties and injustice" even in countries that rank high for positive LGBT legislative change, according to an annual review by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).ILGA-Europe says LGBTI asylum seekers face double discrimination in Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.In Denmark, activists have documented cases of trans asylum seekers without access to trans-specific healthcare or being harassed, while NGOs in Spain have warned of the underreporting of discrimination and violence that LGBTI asylum seekers endure, and a lack of access to social and healthcare services.Germany was flagged for "the unsafe practice of conducting investigations of asylum seekers in their home countries and outing them".Several countries including France, Malta and Greece were decried for adding nations -- thought by some as being unsafe for LGBTI people -- to their list of "safe countries" that asylum seekers could be sent back to if their applications were unsuccessful.Greece now considers Turkey safe for LGBTI asylum seekers to be sent back to, but ILGA-Europe ranks the country as among the three worst countries in Europe for LGBTI rights and protection.France's Council of State, which acts as a supreme court for administrative justice, ruled in March that LGBTQI+ asylum seekers coming from a country that criminalises or persecutes LGBTQI+ people, should not be automatically given refugee status.Malta and Sweden were meanwhile flagged for new