Sexuality is a delicate and potentially upsetting facet of life; capable of both uplifting and crushing a person.
In large swathes of the world, homosexuality is now widely accepted – there are support groups and awareness campaigns working tirelessly every day to help those who are going through the often delicate process of coming to terms with their sexuality. Even in countries that have a generally favourable attitude towards the LGBTQ community, though, the act of “coming out” can be daunting and overwhelming, particularly if one holds concerns over the reactions of their parents or friends.
The long and winding road of growing up is tricky and uncertain enough already; factor in the considerable challenge of revealing your true sexuality to the bargain and it is unsurprising that many young people take a long time to come out.
For Artem Kolesov, the decision to reveal his homosexuality was a poignantly difficult one; he grew up in Russia, the child of two Pentecostal Christian pastors, and had been told throughout his childhood by the church that “homosexuality is a huge sin”.