Thomas Roberts interviews Sarah Kate Ellis, the new head of GLAAD. Ellis reflects that her job is very personal and she also says that GLAAD itself is "an organization about cultural change so it is a very personal organization." Watch the profile, AFTER THE JUMP.
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MSNBC's Morning Joe this morning took up the story of Michael Sam's coming out and whether a gay player will be accepted in the NFL.
Said Thomas Roberts: "If the league can overlook alleged murderers, wife beaters, and people who don’t pay child support, I don’t think letting in a nice clean-cut gay guy is going to hurt anybody."
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MSNBC announced this morning that Thomas Roberts will be replacing Brian Shactman as host of "Way Too Early", a morning show that airs from 5:30 - 6:30 am and will also contribute regularly to "Morning Joe" from 6 - 9 am:
“This is a very exciting opportunity and right in line with my career goals and aspirations,” said Roberts. ”I really admire what Joe, Mika, Willie and Brian have built with ‘Morning Joe’ and ‘Way Too Early.’ I am flattered to join this morning family. I also appreciate Phil’s faith in me and can’t wait to get started.”
“Thomas’ unique personality and point of view are just the right mix to lead-in to “Morning Joe.” Thomas has really found his voice in the past year and joining the “Morning Joe” table gives him the opportunity to further develop it,” said Griffin. ”I’m proud of the excellent work Brian Shactman did on ‘Way Too Early’ and thank him for a job well done.”
“After several months of consideration and discussions with Phil Griffin about expanding my role at MSNBC, I have come to the conclusion that I don’t want politics to be my only focus,” said Brian Shactman. “I want to continue to branch out, making sure my career is not solely defined by that. I’m so appreciative of what Phil, Joe and Mika have done for me and I look forward to announcing my next venture in the very near future.”
To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the NOH8 Campaign last week, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts invited on the campaign's co-founders Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley to discuss its impact and look back on the many diverse faces that have participated in the silent photographic protest.
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To date, over 33,000 individuals have taken photos for the campaign.
Thomas Roberts spoke with Human Rights First official Shawn Gaylord about recent news that no French officials (including the president) will attend the Sochi Winter Olympics over Russia's human rights abuses and requests from activists that out gays and lesbians be included in the official U.S. delegation.
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Yesterday we reported on the collaboration between Athlete Ally, AllOut, and American Apparel on a new 'Principle 6' line of protest merchandise meant to draw attention to the plight of LGBT people during the Sochi Games in Russia.
The apparel, they argue, is a way to avoid the country's ban on 'gay propaganda' while at the same time expressing solidarity with those affected by oppressive anti-gay laws.
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