Bhutan, a traditional and conservative country to begin with has witnessed a major shift in paradigm as the country is all set to send 23-year-old Tashi Choden Chombal who identifies herself as a part of the LGBT community, to the Miss Universe 2022 pageant.
The 23-year-old was crowned Miss Bhutan in the year 2022 and is now all set to represent her country on a global platform.
Chombal was born in Nagaland to a Bhutanese mother Kinley Wangma, hailing from the Shaa region in Bhutan and a Tibetan Khampa father.
She was raised in Nagaland till the age of three.
Tashi has always been proud of her sexuality and was among the very few people in Bhutan to open up about her sexual preference.
As per reports, “Initially, I came out as a bisexual person on my Facebook account, but as I did more research and reading, I realized that I am a woman comfortable in my body, and attracted to other women.”
She further narrated that her family is very conservative and the reaction she received from her mother and her grandmother was quite unsettling.