Gabriela Isler a 25-year-old Venezuelan television announcer & flamenco dancer was crowned Miss Universe in Moscow last night. As you know the decision to hold the Miss Universe TV Pageant in Moscow with Russia's new anti gay law banning "homosexual propaganda'' prompted the original co-host & gay icon Andy Cohen to withdraw.
He was replaced by NBC’s openly gay announcer Thomas Roberts who hosted the show with ex-Spice Girl Melanie Brown. They dedicated the show to the people affected by the horrific typhoon in the Philippines. Roberts justified his appearance in Russia saying that he hopes to be a positive example to the gay community stating, "I think I'm here to promote that people like me deserve equal rights, because we are no different than anyone else.'' Donald Trump who owns the TV franchise acknowledged concerns about broadcasting from Russia due to the gay rights situation adding, "Certainly as you know it has been an issue & it was not taken very lightly. I talked to a lot of people. As you know, Thomas is gay. He's very proud to be here.'' However Trump who is quite homophobic when asked about marriage equality concluded, “I think I’m evolving, & I think I’m a very fair person, but I have been for traditional marriage...I am for traditional marriage, I am for a marriage between a man & a woman.”
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