Russian TV Host Was Fired Hours After Coming Out As Gay On Live TV

anton-krasovskyMove over Gabrielle Douglas, we’ve got a new hero to look up to — though in Gabby’s case we were kinda looking down. Anygay, meet Anton Krasovksy, a Russian TV personality who decided to come out on live television, leading almost immediately to his dismissal.

“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,” Krasovsky, 37, said earlier this year in January on the Kremlin-backed television and internet network he helped launch, KontrTV.

Though his admission was followed by a “storm of applause” by the audience and the show’s staff, Krasovsky was fired the very same night. By the next day, his presence had been completely erased from the network’s website; all of his corporate accounts and his email were blocked.

Krasosvky was surprised because “it takes them half a day to put up a banner when I ask them to, and here we had such efficiency.”

Any footage of his coming out has also completely disappeared from the internet, which is a feat in this day and age, but we guess the moral here is never to underestimate the Kremlin. That, and drinking whiskey helps everything. Krasovksy reflected on his firing shortly thereafter with, revealing that he had “some 300 grams of whisky” before coming out.

Krasovsky’s announcement in the vehemently homophobic Russia was an incredibly brave decision, and an equally controversial one, considering the current climate for the nation’s LGBT community. Violence, kidnappings, murder not to mention a law against disseminating homosexual “propaganda” to children, which has come under intense international scrutiny with the Winter Olympics being held in Sochi next year.

In theory, homosexuality itself is not illegal in Russia, but with such rampant oppression, there’s very little difference compared to if it was. Krasovsky recently appeared on CNN where he was asked why he would risk everything by coming out in such a public way.

“Because somebody should do it,” he replied.”I decided it was time to be open. It was time to be open, for me.”

h/t: Miami Herald