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Baltimore Protester Fires Back at MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Over Media Coverage of Riots: VIDEO

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The media's reporting (and framing) of the unrest in Baltimore has been frustrating for many city residents, as evidenced by heated exchanges between protesters and talking heads like Fox News' Geraldo Rivera and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts. 

On Tuesday, Roberts interviewed protester Danielle Williams about whether rioting and looting were the best way to represent a community searching for justice. Williams said it wasn't before quickly putting the spotlight back on Roberts and the wider media coverage of the Freddie Gray case:

"My question to you is, when we were out here protesting all last week for six days straight peacefully, there were no news cameras, there were no helicopters, there was no riot gear, and nobody heard us. So now that we've burned down buildings and set businesses on fire and looted buildings, now all of the sudden everybody wants to hear us. Why does it take a catastrophe like this in order for America to hear our cry? I mean, enough is enough. We've had too many lives lost at the hands of police officers. 

Watch the tense exchange, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Trans Former SEAL Team 6 Member Kristin Beck Talks Chelsea Manning, Trans Troops, and Her Run for Congress: VIDEO

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Kristin Beck, the former Navy Seal who was a member of the elite Seal Team 6 and came out as transgender in her book Warrior Princess in 2013, sat down with Thomas Roberts on Out There this week to discuss why she is planning to run against Rep. Steny Hoyer, the House Minority Whip, in 2016. 

Beck also addressed the military's recent approval of Chelsea Manning's hormone treatment - with Beck stressing that while she supports the military's move, she continues to see Manning as more of a criminal than whistleblower (Beck has in the past called Manning "a traitor to me personally").

Later, Beck was asked to give her thoughts on Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's statement earlier this week that transgender troops should be allowed to serve.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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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".

Watch the show (in four segments), AFTER THE JUMP...

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Thomas Roberts Counts Down the Top 5 LGBT Stories of the Week: VIDEO

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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts counts down the 5 biggest LGBT stories of the week, including country music singers Ty Herndon and Billy Gilman coming out as gay and marriage equality arriving in Montana and South Carolina. 

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Thomas Roberts Counts Down the Top 5 LGBT Stories of the Week: VIDEO

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MSNBC's Thomas Roberts counts down the 5 biggest LGBT stories of the week, including the Sixth Circuit's anti-equality ruling and Orange is the New Black's Lea Delaria subway preacher smackdown. 

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Thomas Roberts Talks To Gay Former MLB Player Billy Bean About His Return to Baseball: VIDEO

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Former professional baseball player Billy Bean, who retired in 1995 before he could come out, recently spoke with Morning Joe's Thomas Roberts about his return to the sport - now as the MLB's first Ambassador of Inclusion.  

In his new role, Bean will develop educational training initiatives to combat homophobia and will help the league prepare for the reality of having a future gay player. To date, there are no openly gay MLB athletes. 

Check out the segment, AFTER THE JUMP...

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