Openly gay journalist James Kirchick on Wednesday morning took over a Russia Today (RT) segment to criticize Russian anti-gay laws.

The laws, recently signed by President Vladimir Putin, prohibit gay and lesbian couples from adopting Russian-born children and the public promotion of gay rights where minors might be present, effectively banning Gay Pride marches and similar demonstrations. Russian officials have said that its “gay propaganda” law would be in effect at the Winter Olympics at Sochi and that athletes or guests who violate the law will be detained.

RT, which is financed by the Russian government, invited Kirchick, who appeared from Stockholm wearing a pair of rainbow suspenders, to discuss the sentencing of Bradley Manning.

“Being silent in the face of evil is something that we can't do,” Kirchick said. “So being here on a Kremlin-funded propaganda network, I'm going to wear my gay pride suspenders and speak out against the horrific, anti-gay legislation that [President] Vladimir Putin has signed into law.”

Despite multiple attempts, the show's host was unable to interrupt Kirchick.

“I'm not interested in talking about Bradley Manning,” he insisted. “I'm interested in talking about the horrific environment in Russia right now, and to let the Russian gay people know that they have friends and allies in solidarity from people all over the world, and that we're not going to be silenced in the face of horrific repression that is perpetrated by your paymaster, Vladimir Putin.”

“I don't know, as a journalist, how you can go to sleep at night. Everybody who works for this network should be ashamed of yourselves,” he added.

After the show returned from a commercial break, Kirchick was gone. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

He tweeted: “True fact: @RT_com just called taxi company that took me to studio to drop me off on the side of the highway on way to Stockholm airport.”