Two Public Figures Come Out, One Loses Job

WWE wrestler Darren Young gets friendly reception, but...

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2013 6:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – Two gay men came out publicly this week and received totally different reactions. With Russia's anti-gay law making headlines, Russian TV personality Anton Krasovsky made his declaration on air, the Independent reports. "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," he said. Krasovsky was promptly fired via text message. But "somebody should do it," he said later. "I decided it was time to be open, for me. That’s it."

WWE wrestler Darren Young made his statement during an impromptu TMZ video interview at LAX. Asked whether a gay wrestler can succeed, he said, "Absolutely. Look at me. I'm a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I'll tell you right now, I'm gay. And I'm happy. I'm very happy." At least so far, public reaction has been friendly: WWE champ John Cena told TMZ that Young is "a great guy" and "congratulations," while the WWE said it's "proud of Darren Young for being open about his sexuality."

Darren Young, left, and Anton Krasovsky.
Darren Young, left, and Anton Krasovsky.   (YouTube)
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