Tennis Player Alison Van Uytvanck Comes Out: “Being Gay Is Not A Disease”

"Nobody has to justify why they are lesbian or gay."

Belgian tennis player Alison Van Uytvanck came out as a lesbian this weekend in a televised interview.

Van Uytvanck, 23, publicly discussed her relationship with fellow tennis player Greet Minnen, 20, for the first time on a Belgium’s Sports Weekend. The pair have been dating for two years and plan to move in together soon.

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“I don’t find it’s a taboo, [the relationship] makes me happy,” Van Uytvanck said. “We do feel super happy together and that’s what we will show to the world.”


Currently ranked No. 50 after her win at the Hungarian Open, Van Uytvanck is confident in herself and her sexuality: “Nobody has to justify why they are lesbian or gay, it is not a disease.”

“We are very open about our relationship and my parents are proud about it,” she added. “That’s important because the support made us feel good.”

Van Uytvanck isn’t the onl tennis player who’s come out recently: In December, doubles partners Conny Perrin and Tara Moore announced their engagement.

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