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Russian Celeb Reflects On The Importance Of Coming Out In The Face Of Extreme Prejudice

krasovsky

A former friend of mine – gay of course, and of course he kept it secret from all his family, as is common practice in Russia – said to me: ‘What on Earth made you come out? How stupid! Nobody was planning to shop you. The morning paper wasn’t running an investigation.’ I didn’t know what to answer. I couldn’t even explain it clearly to myself – what made me stand up and tell everyone, on a TV show, in a country where they kill gay people for being what they are: ‘Here I am. I too am gay.’ Do you think I wasn’t afraid? That I didn’t feel ashamed? That I didn’t regret ruining my career?

“I’m afraid even now. I’m afraid of going into an empty entrance to a block of flats. I’m afraid of walking down a side street at night. I am afraid. And a little sorry that I probably won’t be allowed to continue working. They won’t let me go back to television. I’m afraid and sorry. But I’ve got nothing to be ashamed of now…The time has now come for me to be courageous. Our time has come.”

Former Russian TV personality Anton Krasovsky on coming out and the recent murder of Vladislav Tornovoi in The Guardian.

By:           Les Fabian Brathwaite
On:           May 15, 2013
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  • 7 Comments
    • ted72
      ted72

      I commend his courage to come out, but, I’M afraid he’s going to get hurt.

      I hope we do something to help THEM (gay Russians) or the more unlikely thing, gay Russians and allies stand up to the masses.

      I’m afraid for my gay brothers & sisters in Russia. :(

      May 15, 2013 at 6:55 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jeff4justice
      jeff4justice

      Brave guy.

      May 15, 2013 at 6:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • hephaestion
      hephaestion

      America and Germany need to put pressure on Russia to make its police protect gay people.

      May 15, 2013 at 8:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Deepdow
      Deepdow

      Wonderful. Russia is going through an extremely dark phase right now, some beams of light are needed.

      May 15, 2013 at 10:03 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • giodude622
      giodude622

      Man has got BALLS! I have complete respect & admiration for him! I too worry for his safety!,

      May 15, 2013 at 1:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • barkomatic
      barkomatic

      I hope he gets out of Russia before thugs get to him. Either that, or I hope he is very well armed.

      May 15, 2013 at 2:28 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • alterego1980
      alterego1980

      “The time has now come for me to be courageous. Our time has come.” …I’m afraid your time has yet to come. I worry for you and all the gays in Russia. The back-lash has been so brutal. You are courageous though and I applaud you.

      May 15, 2013 at 4:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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