- At age 5, Artem Kolesov, the son of two Russian pastors living outside Moscow, realized he was gay
- But it took another 18 years before he had the courage to come out to his family, friends and, ultimately, the world
Artem Kolesov is a 23-year-old Russian violinist currently pursuing a master's at Roosevelt University in Chicago. The views expressed in this commentary are his own.
(CNN)One month ago, I could barely breathe as I recorded a video which I knew would change the course of my life. After 23 years of living in the closet, I was finally coming out on YouTube, for all the world to see.