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After Coming Out As Gay, A Russian Violinist's New Reality

After publishing a video made to help other Russian LGBT youth feel less isolated, Artem Kolesov has received supportive messages from all over the world. But he's also facing threats of violence.
Violinist Artem Kolesov, in the coming-out video he published on YouTube. Source: Courtesy of the artist

A 23-year-old, Russian-born violinist named Artem Kolesov is capturing international attention after posting a YouTube video in which he comes out as gay.

The son of two Pentecostal pastors in a small town an hour away from Moscow, Kolesov says that he has struggled for most of his life to reconcile his sexual orientation with his Christian beliefs and his family's views. "In my family," Kolesov says

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