In this video, Russian violinist, Artem Kolesov reveals he grew up in St Petersburg, in a very Christian household.
He knew he was gay since he was five years old, but repressed his feelings for fear of family rejection.
‘Hello,’ he starts. ‘Today I would like to share my story with you.’
During the video, Kolesov explains he tried everything to suppress his sexuality.
‘If anyone in our family turns out to be gay, my family should kill them with their bare hands,’ he explains.
When he was 16, he received a scholarship to attend music school in Canada and things started to turn around.
Here, he met openly-LGBT people and found the courage to come out.
Now, Kolesov refuses to be silent.
‘For a long time, I thought that everything I went through was a curse, but now I know that it’s the biggest blessing I’ve ever received,’ he said.
He hopes to inspire LGBT people in Russia to have the courage to live life authentically.