As a strong supporter of gay rights, Bachelor alum Krisily Kennedy has joined others in voicing opposition to Russia’s anti-gay policies.
Krisily, who was runner-up on Charlie O'Connell's The Bachelor Season 7 in 2005, was crowned Miss Rhode Island USA in 2003. She was also on Bachelor Pad Season 1 in 2010. The next year, not long after crushing on David Good, she came out as bisexual. In an October 2011 interview at the GLSEN Respect Awards, Krisily said she began dating women three years before that point, and had only recently broken up with her girlfriend of a year.
Just last month, Russia instituted a new law banning the public discussion or display of gay rights and relationships “around minors,” basically making it illegal to be openly gay. In response, Prison Break star Wentworth Miller publicly came out as gay and sent a letter to the St. Petersburg International Film Festival declining their invitation because of Russia’s policies.
Bravo's Andy Cohen also recently declined to host the Miss Universe pageant — for the first time in three years — because this year’s event is filming in Moscow and, as a gay man, he didn't want to be in the country.
On that note, Krisly tweeted to pageant master Donald Trump on August 26, to air her Miss Universe frustrations: “Dear @realDonaldTrump as a former Miss RI USA I am saddened that Miss U is in Russia, With all of us LGBT people involved in the pageant.”
In its defense, the 2013 Miss Universe pageant issued a statement, saying it "believes in equality for all individuals and is deeply concerned by the laws recently enacted in Russia and currently in place in several other countries. [...] 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."
GLAAD, perhaps surprisingly, seems to agree with the pageant's decision, saying Miss Universe has "a unique opportunity to continue to speak out against the anti-LGBT violence and laws in Russia."
What do you think? Do you agree with Krisily that Miss Universe shouldn’t be held in Russia, due to its anti-gay policies?
Sources: Krisily on Twitter / Entertainment Weekly / Boston.com