A Russian journalist says he was fired for coming out on live television earlier this year amid the passage of the country’s new anti-gay propaganda laws, which are also forcing a frequent Miss Universe host to boycott this year’s event.
Videos of the announcement by Anton Krasovsky, who was then the editor-in-chief of Kremlin-backed Kontr TV, have since been deleted from the Internet, according to CBS News. He said he spoke out because he was uncomfortable covering LGBT news in Russia without being honest to viewers.
"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 said, according to Russian news site Snob.ru.
Krasovsky told CNN this week that he ended up being fired the same night as the announcement.
The law, which was signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 29, makes it a crime to show public expression of support for nontraditional relationships.
Yelena Mizulina, one of the bill’s authors, said in an interview with REN-TV that the four kinds of nontraditional relationships are “men with men, women with women, bisexuality and being transgender," the Associated Press reports.
The law has come under scrutiny by the international community because Russia is planning to host major upcoming events like the 2014 Winter Olympics and the 2013 Miss Universe pageant, set for November.
Andy Cohen, 45, who has co-hosted the pageant the last two years, told E! News Wednesday that he will not be heading to Moscow for this year’s festivities because of the law.
"The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested," he said, adding that he "didn't feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia."