A transgender lawyer living in Russia says her coming out is a form of protest against Russia's anti-gay law.

Russia's recently enacted “gay propaganda” law prohibits the public promotion of gay rights in a venue where minors might be present, effectively outlawing Gay Pride parades and other similar demonstrations.

Masha Bast said in a statement that she would no longer be living her life as Yevgeny Arkhipov and invited people to follow her on Facebook as she transitioned.

“There are three reasons for my decision [to come out],” Bast told The Moscow Times. “First, it would have been very difficult for me personally not to come out. Second, having represented people in the Menezh Square, Primorsky partisans, and Bolotnaya cases, when those finished up I finally had the opportunity to come out. Third, my coming out was a protest against what is going on in Russia today. I couldn't just sit there and do nothing.”

“The law banning gay propaganda among minors is completely wrong.”

“According to statistics, there are thousands of people going through what I went through. Just imagine all the kids who have no idea what's happening to them. I never once met a homosexual in my childhood and only learned what a homosexual was when I was 14. By then, I had long known that I was a woman and I had been wearing women's clothes for years.”

“So it isn't a matter of upbringing. It's nature. That's why I think the law against 'homosexual propaganda' is a law against children and one that targets certain social groups. It is a fascist law and nothing else.”