Miss Myanmar comes out at Miss Universe, competes as 1st gay contestant

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  • Swe Zin Htet, 21, came out publicly just days before taking the stage at the Miss Universe pageant
  • She admitted it’s challenging to speak out but her platform puts her in ‘the best position to promote this cause’
  • In Myanmar, gay sex is punishable with up to 10 years in prison
  • Htet wants to use her position to advocate for the LGTBQ community, which faces discrimination at home

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