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BRAVO’s Andy Cohen Drops Out Of Miss Universe Hosting Gig in Russia

Andy Cohen Boycotts Miss Universe

BRAVO television’s Andy Cohen  is taking a stand against Russia’s draconian anti-gay laws and is refusing to take part in his yearly gig  as co host of the 2013 Miss Universe competition, which will be held on Nov. 9 at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.

Cohen made the announcement to friend and  pageant co-host of the past two years, E! News’ Giuliana Rancic, that he turned it down because “their discriminatory policies make it unsafe for the gays who live there and gays coming to work or visit.”

“The law is that anyone under suspicion of homosexuality can be arrested,” he told Rancic, adding that he “didn’t feel right as a gay man stepping foot into Russia.”

As of this writing over 23,000 of people have signed the petition of  Francesco Pascuzzi, a lifelong pageant fan and openly gay man from Somerville, New Jerseyn calling on the Miss Universe Organization, owned and operated by Donald Trump, to relocate its upcoming pageant from Moscow, Russia in November 2013.
As for Andy Cohen, BRAVO!
This almost makes up for you turning BRAVO into the Real Housewives Channel!
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