Meet Dr. Ranj Singh. He’s a British doctor, TV presenter, and author. Before becoming a media personality, he worked in several hospitals around London, specializing in Paediatric Emergency Medicine.
39-year-old Singh recently appeared on Strictly Come Dancing, the U.K.’s version of Dancing With The Stars, where he was the sixth contestant to be eliminated during last week’s episode.
“It’s like getting off the party bus,” Signh tells iNews about getting the boot. “But I am so lucky to have got as far as I did, and I am really proud and happy.”
Singh, who was born in England but whose family is originally from Punjab, India, came out publicly in a 2015 interview with Attitude magazine, shortly after divorcing his wife, who he had met in his early 20s in med school.
When asked if he ever requested a male partner for Strictly Come Dancing, Singh says he didn’t feel he needed to.
“When it comes to same-sex coupling, look at the cast and the diversity of the cast, in terms of background, gender, ethnicity, sexuality,” he explains.
“It is some of the most diverse people you will ever see in a prime-time TV show. Let’s celebrate that for a second, and let’s not forget that the BBC did that and that’s an incredible thing.”
Looking back on his Strictly Come Dancing experience, Singh says he had a great time and doesn’t regret a thing.
“I feel so proud that as a person of color who is also LGBT to have been on that platform,” he says. “That’s incredible.”
“To have been open and happy and to show people. That to me was so important to do. I had a blast, and I just happened to be gay and I just happened to be Asian, and people saw that and I hope they celebrated it.”
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