Friday, October 18, 2013

Thomas Roberts explains why he Co-hosting Miss Universe in Russia

Thomas has decided to go to Russia and co-host Miss Universe. Andy Cohen refused the opportunity, but Thomas sees this as a way to educate others.

He wrote in his letter:
So people may wonder: “Thomas, how can you accept this assignment? Shouldn’t you boycott Russia?” I am not going to boycott. 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.
Hit the source to read the rest of his letter. I think he has a great point.



SEAN (The Jeep Guy) said...

He's replacing Andy Cohen who stepped down for equally strong sounding point. While I support and respect Andy's choice and reasons, my POV falls more in line with Thomas's. Visibility = Possibility = HOPE!

Stan said...

I agree with him. Unless it's an economic boycott that hits their wallets it has no effect but is just symbolic which the Russian Govt. could care less about.

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