Miss Universe 2019 : Swe Zin Htet (Miss Myanmar) is the first candidate in the contest to be openly lesbian, and risk the prison in his country
This is the first time in the History of Miss Universe that a candidate is openly lesbian. Swe Zin Htet alias Miss Myanmar has made its coming-out before the beauty contest and revealed the problems faced by homosexuals in her native country, Burma. In fact, there, it risk 10 years of prison or even the death penalty because she loves someone of the same sex as they are.
Swe Zin Htet (Miss Myanmar)
It is Zozibini Tunzi, aka Miss South Africa, who was crowned Miss Universe 2019. About our frenchy, Maeve Coucke is in the top 10 (7th place) despite its heavy fall. But the candidate who is also a lot to talk about since the election, it is Swe Zin Htet (Miss Myanmar). Was just 20 years old, she made her coming-out on 29 November 2019 on the blog Missosology. The beauty queen now enters the Story, becoming the first of the competition to be openly gay. Last year, the contest had its first candidate transgender with Angela Ponce (Miss Spain). Proof that little by little, this ceremony evolves with time.
Except that in his native country, Myanmar (formerly Burma), homosexuality is still considered a crime. By confessing publicly to be lesbian, she could risk 10 years in prison or even the death penalty.
One thing that Swe Zin Htet has mentioned it in an interview with People. The one who is in a relationship with the singer burmese Gae Gae for three years explained :
“I have a platform through which, if I declare that I am a lesbian, this will have a strong impact on the community LGBTQ in Burma”. “What is difficult, is that in Burma people are LGBTQ are not accepted,” she lamented, “They are despised by others and discriminated against”. She looks back on her coming-out “difficult”
Before making his coming-out in public, she had made in private, with his family, 5 years ago. His parents have a bad experience with this announcement :
“At the beginning, they were angry. They did not accept. But later, over time, they are more knowledgeable about the community LGBTQ and they have come to accept me as I am”.
It is at the age of 15-16 years that the star burmese nicknamed “Superman” by his fans understood his sexual orientation. This has been
“rather difficult” for her to accept at first. “But after some time, I really felt gay, and I accepted,” she said.
Paula Shugart, the president of the Miss Universe pageant has entrusted to you to be happy and
“honored to provide a forum for strong women and inspiring as Miss Myanmar, who are enough brave to share their unique stories in the world”.