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Thomas Roberts Blasts Systemic Hate and Discrimination in America: VIDEO

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Thomas Roberts, during a panel on the Zimmerman verdict, urged MSNBC to adopt an "I am other" agenda in a powerful statement about systemic discrimination and hate in the U.S.

Said Roberts (via Mediaite)

Don’t we need to do more about our social contract with each other in this country when it comes to being others? Because, as we look at this, we can use this as a great pivot point to talk about race relations in this country.

But, being an “other,” whether it’s LGBT, because you’re suspected of being a pedophile and a rabid disease carrier.

And if you are a woman, well you don’t have a right to your own body and your own reproductive health, because if you do you’re a slut that wants to sleep around and use abortion as birth control.

And then, if you’re Hispanic, you want to lay off the land and have anchor babies and you just want to lay off the land.

Isn’t that the — and I want to challenge this network: we had to have an “I am other” agenda and have a forum for it, because others need to unite to talk about this and figure out where we are going as a country.

The social contract that we have currently negotiated that is so wrong and how this is happening in a country where we have this huge group of people that– it’s supposed to be a melting pot but we treat each other with such disdain it’s not each funny.

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Christine Quinn Talks Anti-Gay Hate, the Mayoral Race with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts: VIDEO

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NYC City Council Speaker Christine Quinn joined Thomas Roberts on MSNBC today to talk about the recent spate of anti-gay hate crimes in NYC and what the city is doing about it, her record as speaker, and the negative ads that special interest groups are running against her in the mayoral race.

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Dan Savage Talks to Thomas Roberts About Monogamy, Marriage, and Rick Santorum: VIDEO

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Dan Savage joined Thomas Roberts on MSNBC for a chat about his new book American Savage, his thoughts on monogamy and marriage, and Rick Santorum's upcoming 2016 presidential run, which Savage thinks is a sure bet and great news for a Democratic opponent.

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Thomas Roberts Follows Up with Richard Socarides' Revelations About His Father and Gay Conversion Therapy: VIDEO

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Activist and writer Richard Socarides sat down today with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts to follow up on the the video we posted yesterday in which Socarides talked about coming out to his father, who was a pioneer of so-called "gay conversion therapy."

Roberts asks Socarides about the interview and the recent father-gay son pairings that have been in the news lately — Congressman Matt Salmon and his son, and Senator Rob Portman and his son.

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Brendon Ayanbadejo Talks About Leaving the Ravens and Reports of Gay NFL Players Coming Out: VIDEO

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Brendon Ayanbadejo, who was cut from the Baltimore Ravens yesterday, sat down with MSNBC's Thomas Roberts today to talk about reports that it was because of his marriage equality advocacy. He also expands on statements he made to the Baltimore Sun that up to four gay NFL players may be planning to come out at the same time.

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Thomas Roberts Gets Personal on Marriage Equality: VIDEO

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MSNBC anchor Thomas Roberts took off his professional hat for a moment yesterday to talk about his marriage last September to his husband Patrick.

Said Roberts:

"I don't think that we would have gone for a civil union. Getting married in the fall was something very personal, and very incredible! ... It's only made our lives better...The otherness, it's time for that to go away....If the Supreme Court gets rid of DOMA and goes ahead and strikes Prop 8 out of the way, is that going to get rid of homophobia in this country? No. But it does make the government stand up to appreciate the fact that the LGBT community exists in this country. We're good taxpaying Americans..."

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