When we talk about using our coming out as a statement to affect change or to make a protest, there can perhaps be few better examples than when Russian newsreader Anton Krasovsky came out in January of 2013, protesting the then-proposed gay propaganda law that would ban all mention of gay rights in the public sphere.
Krasovsky reportedly told audiences of the national TV station: “I’m gay, and I’m just the same person as you, my dear audience, as President Putin, as Prime Minister Medvedev and the deputies of our Duma.”
This story made international news later in the year but wasn’t immediately publicized because it appears that the TV network for which he worked attempted to erase all footage.
Here’s the CNN report from the time:
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