Swe Zin Htet He decided to leave the closet coming from a country, Myanmar (also called Burma), where homosexuality is a crime. The 21-year-old girl has become the first openly lesbian aspirant of Miss Universe, which was held this weekend in Atlanta.
"It's as if it just started a new chapter in my life"Htet said in an interview with the magazine People. The contestant intentionally chose this beauty pageant to publicize her sexual orientation: "I have that platform that, if I say I am a lesbian, will have a great impact in the LGBTQ community in Burma, "he said.
Htet, nicknamed "Superman" by his fans, hopes that this announcement, strengthened by fame thanks to Miss Universe, help change certain homophobic attitudes.
The first time he was attracted to someone of the same sex, he was 15 or 16 years old. "It was a difficult thing" to recognize it, he admitted, "but after a while I felt like I was a lesbian and I accepted it," said the miss, who is also a singer and actress.
Five years ago he decided to tell his parents. "At first they got angry. They didn't accept me," Htet recalled. However, "later, when they learned more about the LGBTQ community, they started to accept me", has added.
In addition, the contestant kept secret a three year relationship with Gae Gae, a famous Burmese singer, whom he met at a party. On November 29, he decided to take a step and published a gay pride flag on his Instagram account to openly express his sexual orientation.