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Thomas Roberts and Guests Talk Bruce Jenner, Billy Crystal, 'Looking', and SCOTUS: VIDEO

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Thomas Roberts is hosting a new weekly show at Shift by MSNBC (the network's digital venture) called Out There in which he and a changing panel of guests discuss newsmaking LGBT stories.

This week, Roberts was joined by actor and singer Cheyenne Jackson, country singer Chely Wright, filmmaker Kimberly Reed, NYU law professor Kenji Yoshino, and Advocate editor Matthew Breen.

Up for discussion were InTouch magazine's offensive cover featuring Bruce Jenner, Glee's transgender storyline, Billy Crystal's remarks on gay sex scenes, the sex on Looking, Kevin Hart's remarks this week that he wouldn't want to play a gay character because of his own insecurities, homophobia in Hollywood, marriage equality, SCOTUS, and "religious freedom".

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Kevin Hart Admits He Would Never Play a 'Gay Role' Because of His Own Insecurities: VIDEO

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Appearing on New York's The Breakfast Club radio show Friday to promote his new film The Wedding Ringer, actor-comedian Kevin Hart revealed that he turned down a spot on 2008's Tropic Thunder because the role was for a "flagrant" gay character. That role in question later went to actor Brandon T. Jackson. 

Prefacing his comments by saying he's "politically correct to the gay community," Hart went on to admit he would never do a "gay role" because of his own concerns about what people would think. 

Said Hart:

"Not because I have any ill will or disrespect, it's because I feel like I can't do that because I don't think I'm really going to dive into that role 100%. Because of the insecurities about myself trying to play that part. Like, would I think people are going to think while I'm trying to do this is going to stop me from playing that part the way that I'm supposed to. 

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Last January, Hart explained why he no longer does "gay jokes," saying: ""It's just a sensitive topic and I respect people of all orientations. So, it's just best left alone."

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Kevin Hart Explains Why He Doesn't Do Gay Jokes Anymore

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On a Reddit AMA this week, comedian Kevin Hart was asked, "You find a lot of comedy in male insecurities, including a famous bit where you express fear that your son will be gay. You praised Frank Ocean at the MTV VMAs in 2012 for having the courage to come out, and recently said in an interview that you don't do jokes any more about gays. What changed your mind on this subject of humor?"

Said Hart: "It's just a sensitive topic and I respect people of all orientations. So, it's just best left alone."


Kevin Hart Lauds Frank Ocean's Coming Out at MTV VMA's: VIDEO

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In the midst of targeting several celebrities in the audience, host Kevin Hart gave Frank Ocean props last night in his opening monologue for having the courage to come out of the closet:

Hart"I think what Frank Ocean did was really great, and I'm very serious about that. For those who don't know what Frank Ocean did, he realized he needed to come out of the closet in the middle of singing one of his songs. 'I've been thinkining about you, Leroy.' They said, 'Frank, I think you said "Leroy,"' he said, 'No I didn't. I said "Lisa."'... They said, 'Frank, we can play it back if you want us to.' He said, everybody take five, he wrote a letter to his fans. Not everybody can do that, and for that, I commend you."

The audience agreed. Later Ocean sang a gorgeous rendition of "Thinkin About You".

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