Four months ago, Artem Kolesov published a video testament on being young, Russian and gay. His aim was to encourage young Russian gays that they are not alone. You can watch the video here.
Coming out cost Kolesov close relationships with family and friends and left him fearing for his US residency after he completes his studies at Roosevelt University.
Last night in Chicago, violinist Rachel Barton Pine, pianist David Schrader and the Yas Quartet of which Kolesov is first violinst staged a concert to draw attention to his predicament.