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March 20, 2015

Openly gay anchor took over two hour block formerly occupied by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid

No one can say that Thomas Roberts hasn't paid his dues.

For more than a year, the newsman rose well before dawn to host MSNBC's Way to Early and to appear on the show that follows it, Morning Joe.

But three weeks ago, Roberts was moved to the afternoon shift on the cable network to take over a two-hour time block that had been formerly occupied by Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid.

In his first two-and-a-half weeks, Roberts has quickly more than doubled the ratings of Farrow and Reid who have been given other assignments at MSNBC.

March 3, 2015

MSNBC host says: 'It would be historic, and I am willing and able'

Thomas Roberts, a rising star at MSNBC for several years now, launched a new two-hour news program this week and finally his name is in the title.

MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts replaced the canceled Ronan Farrow Daily and The Reid Report in the cable network's 1-3 pm timeslot. It takes Roberts off of morning duties on Way Too Early and Morning Joe.

March 3, 2015

MSNBC host says: 'It would be historic, and I am willing and able'

Thomas Roberts, a rising star at MSNBC for several years now, launched a new two-hour news program this week and finally his name is in the title.

MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts replaced the canceled Ronan Farrow Daily and The Reid Report in the cable network's 1-3 pm timeslot. It takes Roberts off of morning duties on Way Too Early and Morning Joe.

January 17, 2015

Celebrities and campaigners criticize the US magazine, which photoshopped Jenner to appear as a woman, as ‘shockingly insensitive’ 

For a magazine named InTouch, its latest cover seems extremely out of touch.

The current issue of US celebrity gossip magazine InTouch has a photoshopped version of Bruce Jenner on the cover.

Jenner, former gold Olympic medallist but best known as the stepfather of US socialite Kim Kardashian, appears on the cover with lipstick and in women’s clothing. The headline reads: ‘Bruce’s Story: My life as a woman.’

December 25, 2014

And guest speaker compares gay marriage opponents to ISIS

The December 23 edition of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC was a joyful one to watch.

Comedian guest Sam Seder brought up the topic of gay marriage by saying how difficult it must have been for an Iowa lesbian couple to have to wait for 72 years before they got married over the summer.

Hayes and his guests then expressed one after another how the US has already reached a tipping point and built a supportive consensus.

December 25, 2014

And guest speaker compares gay marriage opponents to ISIS

The December 23 edition of All In with Chris Hayes on MSNBC was a joyful one to watch.

Comedian guest Sam Seder brought up the topic of gay marriage by saying how difficult it must have been for an Iowa lesbian couple to have to wait for 72 years before they got married over the summer.

Hayes and his guests then expressed one after another how the US has already reached a tipping point and built a supportive consensus.

December 24, 2014

Transgender author launches a new weekly culture show

Transgender author Janet Mock got engaged to her boyfriend of five years this weekend, days after launching her own culture show on MSNBC.

'I said YES,' she tweeted on Sunday (21 December).

Mock met New York photographer Aaron Tredwell in 2009 at a bar in Manhattan where she caught him looking at her while she twirled on the dancefloor.

'He's a fantasy come true, and I want him to want me,' she wrote on XOJane about their first encounter.

December 24, 2014

Transgender author launches a new weekly culture show

Transgender author Janet Mock got engaged to her boyfriend of five years this weekend, days after launching her own culture show on MSNBC.

'I said YES,' she tweeted on Sunday (21 December).

Mock met New York photographer Aaron Tredwell in 2009 at a bar in Manhattan where she caught him looking at her while she twirled on the dancefloor.

'He's a fantasy come true, and I want him to want me,' she wrote on XOJane about their first encounter.

October 22, 2014

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts' hubby captures him sleeping in the act

When you host a show on MSNBC called Way Too Early, it seems you always try and keep up on the latest news - even while sleeping in bed.

A sleeping Thomas Roberts seems to trying to prep for his solo show plus the Morning Joe ensemble show in this photo snapped by his husband, Patrick Abner, the other night.

October 22, 2014

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts' hubby captures him sleeping in the act

When you host a show on MSNBC called Way Too Early, it seems you always try and keep up on the latest news - even while sleeping in bed.

A sleeping Thomas Roberts seems to trying to prep for his solo show plus the Morning Joe ensemble show in this photo snapped by his husband, Patrick Abner, the other night.

October 1, 2014

The View co-host says show was not about 'chick fights' when it was launched

Whoopi Goldberg explains her recent spat with Rosie O'Donnell this way: 'Like family, some days you're cranky. There are four of us and some days we're just cranky.'

August 17, 2014

White Collar star has issued challenge to famous friends Mark Ruffalo, Joe Manganiello and Zachary Quinto

Matt Bomer has gotten cold and wet for a good cause.

The White Collar star is one of the latest celebrities to agree to participate in The Ice Bucket Challenge which got started on social media as a way to raise awareness and money for ALS.

ALS is the neurodegenerative condition also referred to as Lou Gherig’s disease.

In this adorable video, Bomer gets doused on the beach in California by his three young sons with husband Simon Halls.

August 17, 2014

White Collar star has issued challenge to famous friends Mark Ruffalo, Joe Manganiello and Zachary Quinto

Matt Bomer has gotten cold and wet for a good cause.

The White Collar star is one of the latest celebrities to agree to participate in The Ice Bucket Challenge which got started on social media as a way to raise awareness and money for ALS.

ALS is the neurodegenerative condition also referred to as Lou Gherig’s disease.

In this adorable video, Bomer gets doused on the beach in California by his three young sons with husband Simon Halls.

July 28, 2014

'...The State regulates marriage for the primary purpose of channeling potentially procreative sexual relationships into enduring unions for the sake of joining children to both their mother and their father'

The US state of Arizona is arguing its gay marriage ban protects children, procreation, and straight parents.

Attorneys for the state filed papers in the District Court for Arizona this past Wednesday (23 July).  The legal team maintains the prohibition has nothing to do with LGBTI citizens.

April 16, 2014

Journalist was 32 when he came out to his family, friends and the world in a deeply personal essay

Along with Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts, Steve Kornacki is one of three openly gay journalists to host programs on the MSNBC cable news channel.

The lesser-known among the three, Kornacki has also been out a far shorter time than his colleagues.

April 16, 2014

Journalist was 32 when he came out to his family, friends and the world in a deeply personal essay

Along with Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts, Steve Kornacki is one of three openly gay journalists to host programs on the MSNBC cable news channel.

The lesser-known among the three, Kornacki has also been out a far shorter time than his colleagues.

April 15, 2014

Michael Sam, Rachel Maddow and Andy Cohen also in the top 10

Boosted by her triumph hosting the Academy Awards last month, Ellen DeGeneres has landed atop Out Magazine's 8th annual Power 50 list which ranks of the most influential LGBTI voices in American culture.

DeDeneres, who finished second on the list last year, moved up a spot based in the Oscars which were the highest rated Academy Awards telecast in a decade and resulted in the temporary crashing of Twitter due to the host's all-star selfie.

February 24, 2014

Embattled actor also rips Rachel Maddow and Harvey Levin and laments being thought of as a homophobe

Alec Baldwin has penned a blistering magazine piece in which he says goodbye to public life asd laments being thought of as homophobic following a run-in with a photographer last November.

Despite the incident being captured by a TMZ camera, Baldwin denies calling the photographer a 'cocksucking fag.'

In a New York Magazine piece scheduled to be published Monday and posted early online by Gawker, Baldwin tries to explain himself - exhaustively.

February 22, 2014

Democratic House Leader Chad Campbell says it's time for same anger towards his state as people have against Russia for anti-gay law

The Arizona House of Representatives is getting all sorts of backlash for passing a bill that would make it legal for businesses to discriminate against LGBTI people in the name of religion.

Shortly after the bill was passed 33-27 with all but three House Republicans voting in favor of the bill, a Tuscon restaurant called Rocco's Little Chicago Pizzeria let it be known the lawmakers would not be welcome to eat there.

January 3, 2014

Roberts will also be regular presence on the network's Morning Joe show

Thomas Roberts will be setting his alarm clock a lot earlier beginning 23 January.

The MSNBC anchor, one of the highest-profile openly gay journalists in television news, has been named host of the network's Way to Early show and becomes a regular contributor to Morning Joe.

Way to Early airs weekdays at 5:30 am (Eastern time) and is followed by the three-hour Morning Joe program. He replaces Brian Shactman as host.

January 3, 2014

Roberts will also be regular presence on the network's Morning Joe show

Thomas Roberts will be setting his alarm clock a lot earlier beginning 23 January.

The MSNBC anchor, one of the highest-profile openly gay journalists in television news, has been named host of the network's Way to Early show and becomes a regular contributor to Morning Joe.

Way to Early airs weekdays at 5:30 am (Eastern time) and is followed by the three-hour Morning Joe program. He replaces Brian Shactman as host.

December 31, 2013

'I was afraid of people like Phil Robertson, who claim to love everyone while simultaneously thinking that everyone's love isn't equal'

While First Lady Michelle Obama and plenty of other people have been quick to congratulate Good Morning America host Robin Roberts for coming out publicly as a lesbian, others have wondered what took her so long.

CNN's Don Lemon took to the air on Monday (30 December) to shed some light on why he thinks Roberts or any television news personality is still reluctant.

November 27, 2013

Still insists that ‘faggot is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know'

Alec Baldwin is spreading the blame around for the demise of his MSNBC talk show including on 'the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy.'

Earlier today (26 November), Baldwin and MSNBC said in a joint statement that they had mutually agreed to stop making Up Late With Alec Baldwin. The show was already struggling in the ratings before Baldwin was caught by TMZ cameras calling a photographer a 'cocksucking fag.'

Baldwin continues to deny he used the word 'fag' and claims he did not know 'cocksucker' was an anti-gay slur.

November 27, 2013

Still insists that ‘faggot is not the word that came out of my mouth. That I know'

Alec Baldwin is spreading the blame around for the demise of his MSNBC talk show including on 'the fundamentalist wing of gay advocacy.'

Earlier today (26 November), Baldwin and MSNBC said in a joint statement that they had mutually agreed to stop making Up Late With Alec Baldwin. The show was already struggling in the ratings before Baldwin was caught by TMZ cameras calling a photographer a 'cocksucking fag.'

Baldwin continues to deny he used the word 'fag' and claims he did not know 'cocksucker' was an anti-gay slur.