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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Will Brave Russia As Openly Gay Host Of Miss Universe Pageant!

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Like it or not, Russia, there's a gay guy coming to your country to host a beauty pageant!

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts (probs the seXXiest man on cable news, sorry Anderson Cooper) has just signed on to be the co-host of the Miss Universe pageant which will be held in Russia next month!

This gig was turned down by Bravo's Andy Cohen in protest of the country's anti-LGBT laws that are currently in place.

While we couldn't agree more with Andy's decision to step down from the competition, seeing Mr. Roberts' bravery brings a tear to our eyes!

Thomas explained why he wanted this job and why he fought so hard to get it by writing a personal statement on MSNBC.com, saying:

"Courage is contagious. I have felt that way since coming out publicly in 2006. 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."

Amen, brotha!!!

He also compared the legislation being brought about in Russia now to the rules of Don't Ask, Don't Tell that plagued the American military system for two decades. Roberts added:

"It vaguely resembles ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ which this country recently pitched…into the dust bin of American history… But we still have elected U.S. leaders rallying against marriage equality and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. History teaches us these political approaches hurt good kids and people everywhere — those who need hope, guidance, education, safe space and YES, LGBT role models. I go to prove there’s hope.”

That boys and girls is the voice of courage!

Thomas will co-host Miss Universe alongside Mel B. on NBC next month!

Congrats on landing this opportunity, Tom. And thanks for sticking up for what's right!

[Image via Dennis Van Tine/Future Image/WENN.]

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6 comments to “MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Will Brave Russia As Openly Gay Host Of Miss Universe Pageant!”

  1. 1

    I never would have imagined World War III starting over a gay guy being imprisoned in Russia….neato!

  2. 2

    Why would Msnbc purposely go out of there way to disrespect an entire country. Not every country wants to be a homo land. Hope they meet him at the door and tell him to go back home to homo america. no kidding the arabs are working a gaydar so they don't even have to let homos and dykes in.

  3. Demi's Fat Ass says – reply to this


    Being homophobic is not wrong. People are entitled to their own opinions and beliefs, including opposing unnatural/abnormal/unhealthy behaviour.

  4. WilliamNYC says – reply to this


    I will be watching the Miss Universe pageant.

  5. howard says – reply to this


    wow. that's REALLY gay.

  6. annainparis says – reply to this


    Pfffffffffffffff….I thought this was another Frank Sinatra's love child!!! They are humping from everywhere now!