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posted Friday, November 8 2013 - Volume 41 Issue 45
Gay news anchor reporting from Russia - Thomas Roberts goes where other journos fear to tread
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Gay news anchor reporting from Russia - Thomas Roberts goes where other journos fear to tread

by Shaun Knittel SGN Associate Editor MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts, who is openly Gay, arrived in Russia this week on a daring campaign to report on the country whose anti-Gay laws and attacks on LGBT citizens have made it an international pariah.

The anchorman, who married his longtime partner Patrick Abner last year, brought his husband to the overseas assignment as well.

Roberts is also hosting the Miss Universe pageant this weekend and will, in a separate broadcast, interview a Russian reporter who was fired for being Gay.

His reason for taking the assignment? Exactly the same reason that Bravo TV's Andy Cohen turned it down - because of the country's anti-Gay laws.

The laws forbid spreading 'propaganda about non-traditional sexual orientations among minors.'

On MSNBC Wednesday, Roberts reported, 'It's really a taboo subject here in Russia to bring up the fact that these propaganda laws even exist [and] to discuss that there is a distinction between the classes and right now, because of the anti-propaganda laws, it does make the LGBT community a second class citizen.'

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