"[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...
"We do them no favors by turning away now. We must be visible, we must show up, and, as Harvey Milk said, we must 'give them hope.'
"I go to prove there's hope."
-- Openly gay MSNBC news anchor and LGBT rights advocate Thomas Roberts, in an op-ed explaining his decision to host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow next month.