russians shoot the messenger now

A gay Russian television presenter has said he was sacked the same evening as he came out live on air.

Anton Krasovsky, 37, who was editor-in-chief at the station came out on the KontrTV network, which he helped to set up, and which was backed by the Kremlin.

In the original announcement, the footage of which has now been removed from the network’s website and YouTube channel, he said: “‘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.”

Then speaking to CNN in a more recent interview, he said he had been sacked the very same evening, and also that he did not know who was behind the decision to remove the footage from the internet.

Speaking to the Independent, the currently unemployed broadcaster has since said: “I have made a lot of money in television and I understood that I’d lose everything,

“But I also understood that I couldn’t do anything else. I didn’t do it so that I would get hundreds of likes on my Facebook page. I did it because I wanted them to hear it in the Kremlin. And they heard it, and were surprised.”

There is currently an international outcry over the situation in the country, which passed several anti-gay laws back in June, and which has been heavily criticised for the treatment of LGBT people.

with thanks to Pink News

It’s just amazing how brave our LGBT sisters and brothers are in Russia in the face of such bigotry and state-sponsored thuggery against them.  And now, it seems, you can also loose your job just by coming out to an adult audience.