Once Russia passed its anti-gay legislation, Andy Cohen stepped down from hosting the Miss Universe pageant being held in Moscow this year. “Their discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit, he told former Miss Universe co-host Giuliana Rancic. “The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested. [I] didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”
Yesterday, we learned who Donald Trump has tapped to replace both Cohen and Rancic. MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts and former Spice Girl Melanie B are taking over. Roberts who has been publicly out since 2006 and is married, explained not only did he take the gig, but he begged for it. Read below why he’s heading to Moscow with his husband Patrick, along with watching his fellow MSNBC colleagues interview him about his decision.
Boycotting and vilifying from the outside is too easy. Rather, I choose to offer my support of the LGBT community in Russia by going to Moscow and hosting this event as a journalist, an anchor and a man who happens to be gay. Let people see I am no different than anyone else.
All kids—Russian, American or otherwise—need hope. I am a happy, healthy, gainfully employed, educated and married man. And yes, I am gay. These new Russian laws won’t stop Russians from being born LGBT and growing up to identify as such. Russia’s treatment of its LGBT citizens is unacceptable, unrealistic and only promotes homophobia and intolerance for a community that does and will continue to exist. – Thomas Roberts
What do you think of Roberts’ stance? Do you agree more with Andy Cohen rejecting the hosting gig, or Roberts for taking it? Sound off below.