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Paralympic medalist from Singapore comes out as gay

Theresa Goh won a bronze medal in Rio.

2016 Rio Paralympics - Day 4
Theresa Goh of Singapore shows off her bronze medal in the 100m Breaststroke - SB4 on day 4 of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
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A Paralympian from Singapore has taken the bold step of coming out publicly in a country where LGBT equality is virtually non-existent.

Like so many athletes we’ve heard from before, Goh told The Straits Times that her success in Rio and beyond has made her feel she has a responsibility to be out and proud.

She said she had never contemplated going so public with something so private, but that it "feels like the right time". The Rio Games last year put her in the spotlight and nudged her to make this move.

"I felt like I had to use that attention for a bigger message. I didn't want to just make it about sports and me and disability," said Goh, who was approached by Pink Dot organisers last year to be an envoy for the annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rally.

As you can see on her Instagram account, since the story in The Straits Times was published she has been out and proud with rainbows in various photos, the power of liberation.

LGBT rights in Singapore are decades behind the United States. Same-sex relationships are not formally recognized in any way. While lesbians can legally have sex, intercourse between two men is still illegal.

You can follow Theresa Goh on Twitter @theresagoh_ and on Instagram @Wheelie_wonka. She is also on Facebook.