“Activist reporter James Kirchick takes on Russia’s anti-gay laws, on Russian-funded network”



American reporter, columnist and activist James Kirchick was kicked off the air of a network funded by Russia’s government Wednesday after criticizing the station’s coverage of anti-gay laws in Russia.

Kirchick was brought on to Russia Today from Sweden to discuss Bradley Manning, as the network awaited the sentence of the army private accused of leaking classified information.

Strapping on rainbow suspenders he instead took aim at Russia’s recent anti-gay law banning “propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations.”

“Being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I’m going to wear my gay pride suspenders and I’m going to speak out against the horrific anti-gay legislation that Vladimir Putin has signed into law,” he said on air, adding that the law “effectively makes it illegal to talk about homosexuality in public.”

RT anchor Yulia Shapovalova cut in: “Yes, James, of course we’ll discuss it later, but what about Bradley Manning?”