Double the risk for Russian tennis star speaking out on LGBTQ rights and war in Ukraine

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07/24/2022

Russia’s top female tennis player, Daria “Dasha” Kasatkina, has done something no Russian athlete of her rank has done before — she came out. While seeing a professional athlete from Canada or the U.S. speaking openly about their sexual orientation or gender identity has become more common, for Russian athletes, it’s virtually unheard of. But in an interview posted online this week, the 25-year-old spoke about being in a relationship with another woman. She also shared a photo on social media with a woman she referred to as “my cutie pie” — Olympic figure skater Natalia Zabiiako.

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