Don't refer to me as a trailblazer Kirsty Gilmour, an openly gay badminton player, says


The highest-ranked openly gay badminton player, Kirsty Gilmour of Scotland, stated on Monday that she is enjoying competing openly.


The world number 17 says she had "absolutely no negative comments" from any badminton players when she came out last year, calling it "the best I could have asked for."


The 28-year-old, however, believes that given the cultural disparities in Asia, the center of the sport, it may be challenging for future athletes to follow in her footsteps.


Other openly homosexual badminton players have existed, but they are few.


After losing to Indonesia's Gregoria Mariska Tunjung in the opening round of the global championships, Gilmour told AFP in Tokyo, "I think Asian countries are making enormous advances, with Taiwan becoming one of the first countries to legalize homosexual marriage."


Gilmour claims that she came out to avoid having to "hide such a crucial part of myself" because she was "sick of giving energy" to conceal her sexuality.


In badminton, she claims that her disclosure was "not about setting a trail," and she hoped that it wasn't "this fantastic thing for everybody."


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