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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.

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 11, 2013

Mogul billionaire claims while he is still opposed to marriage equality, his views are very different to what they were 10 years ago

Donald Trump has admitted his views on same-sex marriage are ‘evolving’.

The property mogul has claimed while he is a strong opponent of marriage equality, his views are different to what they were 10 years ago.

Speaking before Saturday’s Miss Universe final pageant to gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, the billionaire said he was actually inspired by President Obama’s change of heart.

‘I think I’m evolving, and I think I’m a very fair person, but I have been for traditional marriage,’ Trump said.

November 8, 2013

'It allows people to abuse and hurt and vilify the LGBT community under the guise of some propaganda law that's just ridiculous'

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, one of the most high-profile gay newsmen in the US, had some blunt criticism for Russia and its anti-gay propaganda law.

'The Russian laws obviously are a dark time and a dark chapter in LGBT history here,' says Roberts who is in Moscow this week to co-host the Miss Universe pageant for NBC.

November 8, 2013

'It allows people to abuse and hurt and vilify the LGBT community under the guise of some propaganda law that's just ridiculous'

MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, one of the most high-profile gay newsmen in the US, had some blunt criticism for Russia and its anti-gay propaganda law.

'The Russian laws obviously are a dark time and a dark chapter in LGBT history here,' says Roberts who is in Moscow this week to co-host the Miss Universe pageant for NBC.

November 7, 2013

Anton Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts he still believes coming out 'was my debt to Russian gay people'

It's been 10 months since Anton Krasovsky announced on Russia's Kontr TV Channel that he is gay.

Within hours, he was fired from the government-backed cable network that he had helped launch. Viewers had to see his announcement live because footage of it was soon deleted from KontrTV's website and from YouTube.

'I'm sitting here without a job and actually without money,' Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts in an interview Wednesday (6 November).

November 7, 2013

Anton Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts he still believes coming out 'was my debt to Russian gay people'

It's been 10 months since Anton Krasovsky announced on Russia's Kontr TV Channel that he is gay.

Within hours, he was fired from the government-backed cable network that he had helped launch. Viewers had to see his announcement live because footage of it was soon deleted from KontrTV's website and from YouTube.

'I'm sitting here without a job and actually without money,' Krasovsky tells MSNBC's Thomas Roberts in an interview Wednesday (6 November).

October 24, 2013

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts: 'I wish they would have a little more faith in me'

Openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts is expressing dismay at the negative reaction he is getting for agreeing to co-host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow next month.

Some believe that by participating, Roberts may be inadvertently be providing Russian president Vladimir Putin's anti-LGBT agenda with a supportive platform.

But Roberts sees an opportunity to also do reporting for MSNBC as well as for NBC which is broadcasting the 9 November pageant in the US.

October 24, 2013

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts: 'I wish they would have a little more faith in me'

Openly gay MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts is expressing dismay at the negative reaction he is getting for agreeing to co-host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow next month.

Some believe that by participating, Roberts may be inadvertently be providing Russian president Vladimir Putin's anti-LGBT agenda with a supportive platform.

But Roberts sees an opportunity to also do reporting for MSNBC as well as for NBC which is broadcasting the 9 November pageant in the US.

October 19, 2013

But says of Russia's anti-gay laws: 'I think that I'm going to do something about it'

MSNBC anchor and newly-hired Miss Universe co-host Thomas Roberts had a chat Friday with pageant owner Donald Trump about the event being held in Russia which has been under fire for its anti-gay laws.

Trump has been outspoken in his opposition to marriage equality in the US but has hired an openly gay man who got married to his longtime partner just last year.

October 17, 2013

Aggressively went after gig because 'it is a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people'

MSNBC’s openly gay anchor Thomas Roberts is going to host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow next month.

It’s a gig that Bravo’s Andy Cohen had in recent years but declined this time because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. Cohen, who is openly gay, said he did not feel safe going into the country.

Roberts feels differently and 'aggressively' went after a job he sees as 'a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people. Everywhere.'

October 17, 2013

Aggressively went after gig because 'it is a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people'

MSNBC’s openly gay anchor Thomas Roberts is going to host the Miss Universe pageant in Moscow next month.

It’s a gig that Bravo’s Andy Cohen had in recent years but declined this time because of Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. Cohen, who is openly gay, said he did not feel safe going into the country.

Roberts feels differently and 'aggressively' went after a job he sees as 'a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people. Everywhere.'

September 6, 2013

'I think it's important that people know who I am and the background that I come from. That's the whole point of being out'

When he filmed a cameo role, as himself, in last year's blockbuster hit The Avengers, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts would have no idea that he would be the only LGBT representation in any Disney film in 2012.

That distinction was brought to light last month when GLAAD released its first annual Studio Responsibility Index which showed a dwindling number of LGBT characters in movies released by Hollywood studios last year.

September 6, 2013

'I think it's important that people know who I am and the background that I come from. That's the whole point of being out'

When he filmed a cameo role, as himself, in last year's blockbuster hit The Avengers, MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts would have no idea that he would be the only LGBT representation in any Disney film in 2012.

That distinction was brought to light last month when GLAAD released its first annual Studio Responsibility Index which showed a dwindling number of LGBT characters in movies released by Hollywood studios last year.

August 30, 2013

But Daniel Hernandez Jr: says being gay 'is now longer the Achilles' heel it used to be'

Daniel Hernandez Jr. spoke out today against an anti-gay smear campaign launched against him by opponents trying to have him recalled from a school board in Arizona.

When he was a congressional intern, Hernandez was credited with helping to save the life of former US Rep. Gabby Gifford who was shot during a rampage at an Arizona shopping center in 2011.

Some anonymous supporters of an effort to have him recalled from the board of Sunnywide Unified School District put out fliers this week claiming that Hernandez is not a 'real man' because he is gay.

January 25, 2013

Jacob Rudolph says it was 'for those kids who maybe don't have the courage or don't know how'

New Jersey high school student Jacob Rudolph has been getting a lot of attention since stepping up on a stage and coming out publicly to more than 300 classmates last week - a  speech that was videoed and put onto YouTube.

January 22, 2013

CNN's Don Lemon: 'It was so nuanced. In politics you call it a dog whistle'

Don Lemon was watching last week's Golden Globe Award when Jodie Foster took to the stage to accept the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award and to, after decades of speculation, confirmed to the world that she is a lesbian.

Only Lemon, an openly gay anchor and reporter for CNN, at first wasn't all that sure of what Foster was doing.

January 22, 2013

CNN's Don Lemon: 'It was so nuanced. In politics you call it a dog whistle'

Don Lemon was watching last week's Golden Globe Award when Jodie Foster took to the stage to accept the Cecil B. Demille Lifetime Achievement Award and to, after decades of speculation, confirmed to the world that she is a lesbian.

Only Lemon, an openly gay anchor and reporter for CNN, at first wasn't all that sure of what Foster was doing.

December 27, 2012

Miami ceremony to be performed by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts

Sam Champion, weather anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, officially married Rubem Robierb in New York City last Friday (21 December) but that was only the first step in the wedding march for the couple.

They have headed down to Miami, Florida, where they will have a New Year's Eve ceremony with a more festive, party atmosphere.

Miami is Robierb's hometown and it was at a New Year's Eve party that the couple first met.

The ceremony will be conducted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, a fellow newlywed.

December 27, 2012

Miami ceremony to be performed by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts

Sam Champion, weather anchor of ABC's Good Morning America, officially married Rubem Robierb in New York City last Friday (21 December) but that was only the first step in the wedding march for the couple.

They have headed down to Miami, Florida, where they will have a New Year's Eve ceremony with a more festive, party atmosphere.

Miami is Robierb's hometown and it was at a New Year's Eve party that the couple first met.

The ceremony will be conducted by MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts, a fellow newlywed.

December 21, 2012

A recuperating Robin Roberts reads poem at ceremony

Good Morning America's weather anchor Sam Champion married photographer Rubem Robierb in New York City on Friday (21 December).