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People We’re Glad Came Out in 2013

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Anton Krasovsky

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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6:33AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Susan T, your relationship isn't getting media attention because neither of you are celebrities nor are you media worthy, NOT because you are straight. You sound like you might be jealous because you're not married even though you've been with the same man for 14 years while other people,even gay people, are.

2:54AM PST on Feb 5, 2014

Why can we not be happy for people who are great people no matter who they are in a relationship with?
no one is giving me media attention for being in a relationship with my bf for 14 years.
I think the gay thing has run it's course, meaning OK you're accepted you are no longer any more special than I am. be human and carry on.

6:29AM PST on Jan 6, 2014

Hate that someone's sexuality matters. That said, the more folks who do come out, folks who have celebrity, the less likely there will be continued stigma. A girl can hope, right?

5:34PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Kudos to them.

1:50PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Awesome! ^^ More people need to come out. And homophobes need to STFU and evolve. One day, there will be no more need to come out because it'll be normal and no more an issue to be gay. Can't wait! ^^

8:11AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

This "coming out" is odd to me ? Be what you are all the time.

5:42AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

I'm not sure Chelsea Manning's story qualifies as "coming out" in the traditional sense. I don't see that she's ever said she's gay, just transgender. A detail to be sure but still important.
As for the privacy issue, celebrities "coming out" is something that needs to happen at this point in our history. As long as people are being bullied simply for who they are it is necessary for others to stand up for them by showing publicly that many folks are gay and loved and successful.

5:13AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

Thanks, VERY happy for them, and for everyone who has been "stronger" by this :)
Love is love - and everyone should keep their head up and be able to be who they are :)

2:31AM PST on Jan 3, 2014

noted

6:40PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

I am glad for ALL of them!!!

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