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TV personality Ellen DeGeneres (left) and her wife, actress Portia de Rossi, attend the People's Choice Awards 2016 at Microsoft Theater on Jan. 6, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Christopher Polk/Getty Images for The People's Choice Awards)

NEW DELHI — Globally popular television show host Ellen DeGeneres, an advocate for gay rights, has said she is proud of Indian sportswoman Dutee Chand.

Chand, a 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals, recently opened up about her homosexuality. She revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her home town.

Praising Chand for embracing her sexuality openly, DeGeneres tweeted: "She's the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I'm so proud of her."

For Chand, the Supreme Court verdict in September 2018 that decriminalized same-sex relationships between consenting adults provided the impetus for them to arrive at a decision of spending their lives with each other.

"When the Supreme Court ruling came on Section 377, then we decided that there is no harm in spending our lives with each other. We decided that we will get married and have a small family for ourselves.

"She is from my town and a sports fan herself. She read about the struggles that I have gone through to make a career in sports and told me that she was inspired by my story. That is how we came in touch with each other," Chand said.

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