A boxer has made a bold gay rights stand as she posted a romantic snap of herself kissing her girlfriend in the Maldives.
April Hunter reportedly posted the picture of Twitter of herself smooching her partner as they swam off the islands in the Indian Ocean.
Homosexuality of all kinds is illegal in the Maldives, and could lead to eight years in prison.
It is also punishable by fines, house arrest, deportation and even the possibility of whipping.
Maldives authorities work with a version of Islamic Shariah Law to punish any homosexual acts.
LGBT campaigners regularly condemn the country’s laws, which has also led to hate crimes and violence.
Hunter, 24, stood up for her freedom and LGBT rights with the touching snap on Twitter.
She said: “Illegal to be gay in the Maldives and other Muslim countries still, in this day and age is mental, anyways this is our thought.”
However, the boxer, from Newcastle, reportedly took down the picture after family and friend find she could face repercussions.
She then re-uploaded the picture when she returned to the UK, reports The Sun, but the snap is no longer visible on her Twitter or Instagram.
Hunter, a welterweight, has had two professional fights in her boxing career – and is currently unbeaten.
She is already a history-maker, being the first female fighter from Tyneside to turn professional.
The boxer started out as a teen at Newcastle United football academy before taking to the ring.
She is due for her next fight at the end of February against an as-of-yet unnamed opponent.
Speaking about her debut last year, she told Newcastle Chronicle: “here is naturally a lot of nerves for that first one. I had limited amateur experience anyway, but then going pro, making my debut on such a huge card, and knowing I was making a bit of history too all made it a bit of a wild night.
“What a way to make my debut though. It was amazing. If I’m honest, I don’t remember much of the fight.
“It’s hard to explain but I think you would know if you’re a fighter, you just kind of go into this zone and block everything out once the bell goes, and I was really happy with my performance.”
She added: “At the end of the day I’m a fighter and I’m in this sport to fight the very best.”