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Russian TV Host Was Fired After He Came Out On Live TV: VIDEO


Anton Krasovsky, a well known Russian TV personality, was fired earlier in the year after he came out publicly on live television, according to Queerty:

"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.

Krasovsky 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.

Appearing on CNN Krasovsky was recently asked why he came out in such a public and potentially dangerous fashion, to which he replied: "Because somebody should do it. I decided it was time to be open. It was time to be open, for me."

Watch Krasovsky's interview with CNN AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. This happened in February. It's news here now because of the Sochi Olympics.

    Posted by: Edd | Aug 15, 2013 12:34:50 PM

  2. He was brave to come out.

    Ever notice how our allies are generally articulate and good looking (because they are beautiful inside and out), while the anti-gay crowd are pasty, pinched, and hideous? (And ironically the most vile homophobic Russians always have the gayest eyebrows!)

    Posted by: Strepsi | Aug 15, 2013 12:37:38 PM

  3. @EDD, Thank you, captain obvious.

    Posted by: Luke | Aug 15, 2013 12:47:56 PM

  4. I fear he will turn up dead one day, but that was surely a brave move.

    Posted by: Jack M | Aug 15, 2013 12:54:22 PM

  5. @EDD

    So....What? That means we should ignore it? Reject it?


    Did you ever think that this story has only now reached us because, as the story says, The Kremlin and TV studio ERASED ALL TRACES of this man's story the NIGHT it happened...and it's just resurfacing?

    Or maybe you're just another Bagger/Duma Puppet Cathoholic-NOM afficianado who's all butt-hurt because gays are taking a stand and YOU can't do anything about it?

    Boo Hoo...go cry on your horsey.

    I suppose state-sanctioned LGBT genocide is no happening fast enough for your taste, m'kay?

    Posted by: dean | Aug 15, 2013 12:56:18 PM

  6. who cares why the story is getting traction (edd), i'm glad. maybe someone sympathetic to his plight will offer him a gig as good or better than what he lost.

    always remember, though, the environment isn't much better in the usa, depending on where you live and who you work for. while many co-workers might be supportive, there are always religious zealots who will do whatever they can to undermine gay employess in the workplace, and without federal or state protections, they don't even have to hide. we've come further than russia, but still have a long way to go.

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 15, 2013 12:57:39 PM

  7. What a brave and courageous man!

    Posted by: Howard | Aug 15, 2013 1:01:58 PM

  8. Krasovsky is a courageous and stand up guy. Hopefully his action has inspired others to do what they can for the cause of LGBT equality.

    Posted by: andrew | Aug 15, 2013 1:05:27 PM

  9. Yep, a brave man.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 15, 2013 1:06:01 PM

  10. http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/may/14/being-gay-russia-likened-to-terrorism

    Posted by: hugo_bess | Aug 15, 2013 1:07:44 PM

  11. I agree with Strepsi. His inner beauty matches his outer beauty. The ugly shows through on our foes. I really think this guy's got balls!

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 15, 2013 1:07:53 PM

  12. He was not fired. He quit.

    Журналист Антон Красовский покинул телеканал Kontr TV, который он запустил вместе с Сергеем Минаевым. 26 января генеральный директор Kontr TV Сергей Комаров опубликовал в своем твиттере скриншот сообщения от Антона Красовского со словами: «В общем я не могу работать на вашем телеканале, где я ничего не значу». Комаров добавил, что просьба ведущего была удовлетворена.

    Posted by: bloke | Aug 15, 2013 1:11:57 PM

  13. No comphrendo Bloke.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 15, 2013 1:17:56 PM

  14. He recently had a lengthy interview in Russian in which he basically said it was like Harvey Milk's day in the US and he urges everybody to come out so they can see gay people are not monsters. He's amazingly articulate and persuasive in Russian.

    On the other hand, before coming out he was something of a Kremlin shill... so some people had issues with him because he was too pro-Putin.

    Did that CNN anchor really not understand the word "Fascist"?

    Posted by: KevinVT | Aug 15, 2013 1:19:34 PM

  15. @Bloke, assuming that "he quit" is what that Cyrillic text actually means, that's NOTHING but the official version of events. Surely you don't think the Russian State media is going to admit anything that might reflect badly on themselves.

    We have the same problems with the media in the US reporting on the government, but not even close to the same degree as in Russia.

    Posted by: Caliban | Aug 15, 2013 1:20:45 PM

  16. A brave man. I wonder if similar things have happened that we're not privy to.

    Posted by: greenfuzz | Aug 15, 2013 1:25:57 PM

  17. What a brave, sexy man.

    Posted by: whitneyisadude | Aug 15, 2013 1:31:19 PM

  18. even if we believe the report you posted bloke, it's not at all surprising he would quit, if he knew he was facing the prospect of being forced out following his on-air announcement, and later risking being fined and imprisoned for being open on-air if the law passed. sounds to me as if he was trying to force debate of the law before it was put into effect, which was very brave.

    is there a source for your story, or a web address for the twitter post screen caps mentioned?

    to save everyone else the time to translate:
    "Journalist Anton Krasovsky left channel Kontr TV, which he ran together with Sergey Minaev. 26 January General Director Sergey Komarov TV Kontr posted a screenshot in his Twitter messages from Anton Krasouski: "in General, I can't work on your TV, where I don't mean anything." Komarov added that the request was granted by the host."

    Posted by: northalabama | Aug 15, 2013 1:33:27 PM

  19. can we have him? i gather he doesn't want to leave russia, and he has responsibilities not easily left behind, but i would hope he gets out while the getting is good.

    that cnn abu dhabi newsreader was a twit.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Aug 15, 2013 2:07:10 PM

  20. He's brave!

    Posted by: reality | Aug 15, 2013 2:11:47 PM

  21. He's already out of Russia. If I were him, I'd stop letting people know his exact whereabouts. OMOH has very long tenticles.

    Posted by: Jeff | Aug 15, 2013 2:13:42 PM

  22. I think he said that the Putin regime will not "persist" or will not last forever. Just like the Thatcher regime, it will be gone some day.

    Posted by: simon | Aug 15, 2013 2:14:51 PM

  23. Note that the translation doesn't ONCE mention that he's gay.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 15, 2013 2:15:39 PM

  24. Jesus Christ, there has to be video of the incident somewhere, like YouTube ?

    ERASED. That just sends chills down my spine.

    Posted by: Peaches | Aug 15, 2013 2:18:31 PM

  25. He's hot! I'm glad to see he's still alright.

    Posted by: Zen | Aug 15, 2013 2:29:22 PM

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