15 posts categorized "THOMAS ROBERTS"

Feb 10 2014
Need To Know: Advancing The Ball Down The Field, Nigeria Preys Away The Gays, Austrian Dyke Can't Be Bothered + MORE! Comments (0)

Michael_Sam_is_ready_to_impressOut of the closet and into a stiff draft!

*widget boy cultureU. of Missouri football player Michael Sam comes out, pre-draft. 1st out NFLer?

*widget boy cultureNigeria trying hard to "sanitize" itself of gays.

*widget boy cultureAnnie's anti-Putin protest song "Russian Kiss."

*widget boy cultureAustrian athlete Daniela Iraschko-Stolz on Russia's anti-gay laws: "No one cares."

*widget boy cultureDutch lesbian wins gold at Sochi.

*widget boy cultureArrow star Stephen Amell is unflinchingly pro-gay.

*widget boy cultureKenneth's new book Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful...sex sells!

Kenneth-WalshAnd you thought Shelley Winters's tell-all was boundary-less!

 
Nov 09 2013
Donald Trump's Minions On Parade Comments (0)

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UPDATE: Roberts made a rather passive statement on gay rights on the red carpet in Russia, which are unlikely to travel much within Russia (let alone elsewhere). In his comments, he started by saying he thinks the Russian anti-gay law is "vague," then said it's still discriminatory. Starting by ceding that it's "vague" provides cover for Russia. He at this point can be said not only to have done NOTHING to help, but also to have done a lot to hurt gay rights: He worked for anti-gay Trump; he worked on a production whose goal, in part, was to make Russia look fabulous; and in so doing he provided cover for his employer and others when it comes to the Olympics being held in Russia. And oh, yeah, his comments about having a "successful" personal life didn't really matter since his husband was not on the carpet and NO mention of Roberts being gay was made on the show. In fact, the show, which never fails to incorporate of-the-moment controversial question in its Q&A section, didn't include any questions about Russia's anti-gay laws. Roberts totally blew this. He is far too self-involved to be trusted on this issue. Shameful.

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Thomas Roberts and Mel B have just walked out on the Miss Universe stage in Moscow. Within the next 90 minutes or so, we'll find out if Roberts has any pro-gay tricks up his sleeve or if he truly believes that simply by being there, being pretty, and having "successful" personal and professional lives, that'll really show 'em that gay is A-okay.

Would Mel B host a pageant in a country with laws against black people? Would correspondent Jeannie Mai work for a pageant in a country with anti-Asian laws? Would either of them happily travel to Saudi Arabia and observe all anti-female laws, all in the name of a job? Fair questions, I think.

Other stars involved with the show who seem not to be getting any flak: Panic! At the Disco and Steven Tyler.

Look for the Q&A portion of the show to for sure include gay content, one way or another.

Donald Trump is laughing all the way to the bank, and will make lots of fresh money to use in his blowhard, anti-gay agenda.

 
Oct 24 2013
Reach Out And Touch Faith Comments (0)

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Thomas Roberts scolds gay people who object to his taking on the hosting duties of Miss Universe, saying we are supposed to "have a little more faith in me."

As I've said before, his employer is the same network that has a huge financial stake in Olympics coverage and is airing Miss Universe, so any faith I had in his ability to judge the optics is out the window.

It remains to be seen what he does once on the show, but his defensive remarks aren't winning at least one critic over.

 
Oct 22 2013
Need To Know: Pizza Boy Toy, Christie Forever Holds His Peace, FenDDer BenDDer + MORE Comments (0)

Vito_GalloVito shows his pink.

*widget boy cultureMichael Lucas pornstar "Vito Gallo" arrested for trespassing...in pink.

*widget boy culture8-bit version of The Shining.

*widget boy culturePizza boy's deepest, darkest secret: He's a material boy. Shirtless-runner

*widget boy cultureThis is even creepy for me...I love it!

*widget boy cultureThomas Roberts really is in the wrong.

*widget boy cultureChris Christie is, too, but at least he gave up.

*widget boy cultureWhy you should skip texting for one day. Just one.

*widget boy cultureAmazing Harper's Bazaar outtake of Madonna.

*widget boy cultureDolly Parton injured in car crash; BFF Judy Ogle was the driver. Air bags save lives.

*widget boy cultureMarch on Springfield for Illinois marriage equality is today! Steve Grand on hand.

*widget boy cultureRyan Amador's beautiful new song "Skylark."

 
Oct 20 2013
Why Thomas Roberts Is Dead Wrong On Hosting Miss Universe Comments (0)

Thomas-Roberts-gay-RUssiaI wouldn't want a seat at this particular table.

Thomas Roberts has done a lot of good for the gay community, both by speaking candidly of his molestation as a teenager and by being an out anchor on MSNBC, where he routinely asks hard questions, often regarding LGBT issues.

That's why his decision to not only host Donald Trump's Miss Universe in Russia, but to "aggressively pursue" the position, is bewildering and disappointing. And in spite of the fact that he's done great stuff, I believe his decision and his explanations for going deserve sharp criticism.

Russian.jpgBe sure to tune in to Miss Universe, dude, for a big dose of hope!

Roberts's initial explanation pre-emptively attacked anyone who might disagree with his action, or who might have a difference of opinion as to how best to deal with Russia on LGBT rights:

"Courage is contagious. I have felt that way since coming out publicly in 2006. I’ve never regretted it.

"This November, I will co-host Miss Universe in Moscow partly because it is a huge, visible opportunity for LGBT people. Everywhere.

"I am not a special case. I am a good person, good spouse, good child, good sibling, good friend and hard worker. That is me. I am just like millions of LGBT people around the world. We are good, regular, hard-working people who come from solid families. So when I heard there was a chance at this assignment I aggressively went after it. Lo and behold the Miss Universe team, NBC Entertainment & the Trump team agreed and offered it to me.

"Over the last several months Russian President Vladimir Putin has approved new homophobic laws for his country. Yes, laws that criminalize and stigmatize lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and their allies in Russia. 

"These actions attracted worldwide news coverage with some critics labeling it: Russia’s dark chapter in the history of gay rights.  World leaders have expressed their contempt for these discriminatory laws with President Barack Obama declaring that 'nobody’s more offended than me.' 

"In August, the Miss Universe Organization issued its own statement that Russian laws are 'diametrically opposed to the core values' of Miss Universe.

"I too am diametrically opposed to these laws and share in the president’s outrage. I am unafraid to say I am proud of my husband and my family—I’m proud of their love for me. I’m proud of the incredible steps forward equality has taken this year.

"I’m proud of our nation, which still aspires to live up to the promise of its founding fathers. I am unafraid to tell you how traditional my husband and I are. After 13 years, we continue to foster and grow our life together, with highs and lows, the folly and the fights. The same things many long term couples experience. Simple things: Trash night, dog walks, the remote control. Tough things:  Homophobia, job loss, death.

"You can’t get more traditional than that and, above all, we love each other.

"So people may wonder: 'Thomas, how can you accept this assignment? Shouldn’t you boycott Russia?' I am not going to boycott.  Boycotting and vilifying from the outside is too easy. Rather, I choose to offer my support of the LGBT community in Russia by going to Moscow and hosting this event as a journalist, an anchor and a man who happens to be gay. Let people see I am no different than anyone else.

"All kids—Russian, American or otherwise—need hope. I am a happy, healthy, gainfully employed, educated and married man. And yes, I am gay. These new Russian laws won’t stop Russians from being born LGBT and growing up to identify as such. Russia’s treatment of its LGBT citizens is unacceptable, unrealistic and only promotes homophobia and intolerance for a community that does and will continue to exist. 

"It vaguely resembles ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ As a country we recently pitched DADT into the dust bin of American history. We are too smart for that now. 

"But we still have elected U.S. leaders rallying against marriage equality and the Employment Non-Discrimination Act. History teaches us these political approaches hurt good kids and people everywhere—those who need hope, guidance, education, safe space and YES, LGBT role models. 

"We do them no favors by turning away now. We must be visible, we must show up, and, as Harvey Milk said, we must 'give them hope.'

"I go to prove there’s hope."

There is so much wrong here, one almost doesn't know where to begin, but something that is crystal clear is that Thomas Roberts is no deep thinker, and he is terribly invested in presenting himself as NORMAL.

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Oct 18 2013
Need To Know: Ice Too Vanilla For Madonna, Twilight's Last Reeking, Great Scott, Myth Universe + MORE! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureNOT NICE, NICE, BABY!: Would Vanilla Ice do a Madonna Sex sequel? "Hellll, no."

*widget boy cultureRobert Pattinson loves a good whiff of whatever you've got.

*widget boy cultureScott Evans looks damn good to me naked. (Work Unfriendly)

*widget boy cultureThomas Roberts thinks hosting Miss Universe in Russia is pro-gay. Somehow.

*widget boy cultureWes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel trailer arrives.

*widget boy cultureOut Israeli mayoral candidate is a first.

Nick-GruberExtreme homo makeover.

*widget boy cultureAs a Michigander, it'll blow me away if my birth state gets marriage equality soon.

*widget boy cultureStephen Fry allows "gay-curing" "doctor" to hang himself with his own words.

*widget boy cultureHomeless LGBT youth living on the streets of NYC.

*widget boy cultureYes, Virginia, "ex-gay" activists suck...ironically.

*widget boy cultureGigantic ass...wow.

*widget boy cultureIs Nick Gruber's support in a pro-gay campaign positive?

*widget boy cultureCher: Gaga is not the young Madonna, no one is the young Cher.

CherIf she could turn back time, she still wouldn't find "the young Cher."

 
Oct 09 2013
Starry-Eyed: Newsies Comments (0)

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Morley Safer and Scott Pelley spotted out and about like regular people. Even more exciting, dashing Thomas Roberts dashing to an appointment in full Mad Men regalia...and it was his birthday!

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Aug 09 2012
GLAAD-Handers Comments (0)

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GLAAD's annual summer event on Wednesday night drew "out" some gay cognoscenti, including (above) weatherman Sam Champion (who I don't think is officially on the record as gay?), recently engaged longtime partners Thomas Roberts and Patrick Abner (below) and Manhattan implant Sonja Morgan (way below).

Thomas Roberts Patrick Abner

More photos here, all by Linda Lenzi.

Sonja MorganGosh, are Sonja's boobs even on speaking terms anymore?

 
Mar 25 2012
GLAAD You Came: The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards Comments (8)

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The 23rd Annual GLAAD Media Awards at the Marriott Marquis last night was a fun time once I decided I was for sure not dashing to Connecticut to support a friend's event starring Mickey Rooney. I'd already committed to GLAAD and couldn't quite wrap my mind around three hours (both ways) of travel for an hour of notoriously curmudgeonly Rooney fielding questions about his career and undoubtedly griping about the filth that passes for entertainment today, but I was happy to hear later that Mickey's gig was a treat in the end.

ThomasrobertsHere I am interviewing Thomas Roberts (photo from here)

José was my camerman (which removes a lot of the stress; having to stick a video camera directly into someone's face is awkward, especially when they're not performing sexual acts and high on whatever people get high on these days).

He and I and everyone I ran into were kvetching about how tired we were, didn't wanna do this massive red carpet, etc. But it wound up being rather cool.

I was next to a really fun girl whose hair, nonetheless, kept creeping into my face and all over my body (she had a mane on her). At one point, it worked itself under my MEDIA sticker and tugged it partially off like one of those cartoon vines. She apologized and I accepted, but I have enough hair all over me.

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Nov 24 2011
Sold To The Gay American: GLAAD's OUTAuction 2011 Comments (1)

I'm way behind on my blogging thanks to a last-minute trip to Vegas and some work drama, but I wanted to be sure I wrote about GLAAD's 10th Annual OUTAuction, held this past Sunday at the Metropolitan Pavilion on W. 18th St.

IMG_3530Greeted at the door with a program and a smile

I landed at JFK, went home, showered and readied myself, and immediately turned around to get to the carpet on time. The event had originally included Jonathan Groff (who I've seen four times in the past couple of weeks but resisted assaulting for a pic-with since I'd be seeing him here), but Groff was suddenly unavailable after confirming. He wasn't the only one—it was pretty ridiculous how many people scheduled to attend did not, including Ramona Singer (who was lazily tweeting about a romantic weekend she was having out of the city), Anika Noni Rose and Anthony Rapp.

I was the only person on the carpet doing video interviews, and I didn't do many, just the event's special performer Kimberely Locke ("Do I look good???" she playfully asked me before we began) and the most famous face to attend, MSNBC's Thomas Roberts. I asked them both what part of them would go for the most money if they were to auction it off, thinking they'd opt for something like "my sincerity" or "my loyalty." Instead, Kimberley opted for her "girls" (they are spectacular) and Thomas, smiling at the implications, settled on his eyes. (Though any fool knows his behind is the anchor of the Thomas Roberts show!)

IMG_3575Patrick Abner & Thomas Roberts

IMG_3561Mark MacKillop & Rich Ferraro

The funniest part of the carpet was when my "date," ginger model (and model ginger) Mark MacKillop, arrived and crashed it. Hey, he's over six feet tall and is striking so gave the carpet some much-needed glamour, but I was dying and hoping GLAAD wouldn't be mad. They weren't. Mark's got an expression that says "I mean business," so it was cute when BroadwayWorld.com's Linda Lenzi encouraged him, "Can I get a tiny smile?" only to be met with an even more intensely brooding glare. Loved meeting her and her sidekick, Broadway star/hottie Ruben Flores. (Linda's amazing coverage is here.)

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