Gay Issues

2013 Miss Universe Pageant to Stay in Russia, Despite Protests

| by Michael Allen
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The Miss Universe Organization is being pressured to move its 2013 pageant out of Moscow, Russia, where it is scheduled to broadcast from on November 9.

Ironically, the Miss Universe pageant is owned by Donald Trump who often attacks President Obama for not being tough enough with foreign countries, but Trump doesn't appear willing to offend the Russians.

A Change.org petition to move the pageant has over 28,000 signatures and states in part:

Many Miss Universe fans, myself included, identify as LGBTQ - and surely many employees of the organization are, as well. How are any of these people, who might want or will have to attend the event, supposed to travel to Russia under these new laws and feel safe, when they could (and likely will) be beaten, arrested and/or detained on the spot for being who they are? Clearly, there is more at stake here than the organization's reputation.

With this petition, we are asking the Miss Universe Organization to send a strong message in favor of equality and human rights by pulling out from hosting the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow.

According to GLAAD, the Miss Universe Organization issued a statement condemning Russia's ban on "gay propaganda" which is "diametrically opposed to the core values of our company."

However, the Miss Universe Organization added: "It is our hope this year's Miss Universe contest in Moscow will help foster a common understanding and appreciation of the rights of all individuals, regardless of their nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation."

Sources: Change.org and GLAAD