Dutee Chand, a national level sprinter, who made headlines for being the first Indian sportsperson to openly acknowledge her same-sex relationship has been featured on the digital cover of a leading magazine.

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Ace sprinter @duteechand is the digital cover star of our July 2019 issue. Recently, she became the first Indian sportsperson to openly declare that she’s in a same-sex relationship. In an exclusive interview with Cosmo India, Dutee opens up about her journey as an athlete, her coming-out story, and more. Issue on stands now. ✨ Editor: Nandini Bhalla (@nandinibhalla) Fashion Stylist: Zunaili Malik (@zunailimalik) Photographer: Sushant Chhabria (@sushantchhabria) Hair & Makeup: Maniasha at Faze Management (@bymaniasha) Interview: Sreeparna Mazumder (@sreeparna.mazumder) Dutee is wearing sports bra: Superdry Sports (@superdryindia); shorts, Fila (@filaindia); cape: Namrata Joshipura (@namratajoshipura) . . . . . . #DuteeChand #OnlyInCosmo #CosmoIndia #lgbtq #pride #loveislove

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Since her revelation, Dutee hasn't found acceptance with her family, who are not fully supportive of her relationship.

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Despite all the hurdles the athlete has been facing, she is confident of her decision to come out.

In an interview with News18, she said:

"What I am doing is not wrong, nor is it a crime."
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In a country where people are not open to accepting same-sex relationships, her being on the cover of a popular magazine means a lot. It might just be one more step towards embracing ourselves for who we are.