Person of the Year: The Finalists
BY Advocate.com Editors
December 16 2013 3:24 PM ET
FINALIST: ANTON KRASOVSKY
As the Russian Parliament considered a ban on so-called gay propaganda, with President Vladimir Putin expected signed it into law, it was already dangerous to talk publicly about being gay. Yet Russian TV anchor Anton Krasovsky dared to challenge what was happening by coming out — live on air.
On January 25, he looked into the camera and told viewers that he is gay and "as human as President Putin." Since then, Putin formally signed the law in July, and worse could be on the way, as Parliament is expected to consider a bill that would remove children from their homes if their parents are gay.
During a recent interview with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts, Krasovsky said, "It's time; now it's time to be open." Krasovsky lost his job within hours after coming out. Working as editor in chief of Kontr TV, which was launched by the Kremlin, Krasovsky said he knew that would happen. He told Roberts that he wants to remain in Russia and is still without a job.
Krasovsky is perhaps the most prominent of LGBT Russians to take a stand, though others in the country have staged protests that were met with arrests and sometimes beatings. If what's happened there is to be reversed, Krasovsky is a brave example of what it might take.