In an emotional post via MSNBC, Thomas Roberts poured his heart out and explained why he decided to visit Russia this Nov. and co-host Miss Universe 2013 despite the stringent anti-gay laws.
In 2006, Roberts declared his sexuality preferences and said he never regretted his decision.
The op-ed by Thomas Roberts is about how courageous he is and will stand for the LGBT community no matter what. He is like other people from the community and works hard to earn a livelihood.
"I am not a special case. I am a good person, good spouse, good child, good sibling, good friend and hard worker. That is me. I am just like millions of LGBT people around the world. We are good, regular, hard-working people who come from solid families," he wrote.
When he heard about the co-hosting assignment with Mel B, he grabbed the opportunity with open arms.
He also wrote about President Putin's homophobic laws for Russia. Putin signed a nationwide ban on "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships." This resulted in the criminalisation of any kind of pro-LGBT community meetings, speech, silent protest, or even waving the rainbow flag in public.
Putin, shortly, signed the homosexual ban propaganda along with a law that bans lesbian and gay people from adopting orphans from Russia.
Roberts mentioned in his blog that Russia's actions attracted global attention and many labelled it as one of the darkest chapters in the history of Russian gay rights. "World leaders have expressed their contempt for these discriminatory laws with President Barack Obama declaring that "nobody's more offended than me.""
He is visiting Russia as an ambassador of hope for the LGBT community and no, he won't get into silent protests or speeches but his participation in the Miss Universe event is itself the message for the community.
"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," Thomas Roberts wrote.
He concluded by writing that his visit will prove that there's hope.
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