Bisexual boxer Nicola Adams opens up about stereotypes and prejudice in her sport

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British double Olympic winner says that it was not so easy for her to come out and now it is still a challenge for her to be a professional sportsman and an out bisexual at once. It was hard to come out even to her own mother “It took a lot of courage … I knew one other person in my school who was the same and we talked. We hadn’t come out and we were thinking, ‘What is the best approach? How do I tell my mum?’ You never know how the family is going to react, so I was nervous”, the boxer told GQ.

Asked whether it was difficult being photographed in public with her partner, who is also a boxer, for the first time, the fighter said she was fortunate never to have had a bad reaction to her sexuality: “Racism, yes. Sexism, yes, in boxing – people saying women shouldn’t box. I’ve never come across homophobia.” Adams hopes to use her celebrity to inspire others: “I would like to do more for the LGBT community, try to help people. I can’t do as much as I would like because of the training.”

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