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Thomas Roberts, who anchors MSNBC Live from 1-3pm on weekdays, will be this year's recipient of GLAAD's Vito Russo Award. Named for a founding member of GLAAD, the award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality for the LGBT community. Roberts will be joining former honorees such as RuPaul, Anderson Cooper, George Takei, and Tom Ford in this distinguished category.
Since coming out in 2006, Roberts has lent an honest and personal approach to journalism. Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD President and CEO, praised his work in the statement announcing his selection:
"Thomas Roberts isn't afraid to put a spotlight on injustices faced by LGBT people that all too often go unreported. As a journalist and anchor with millions of viewers, he brings stories to national attention, leading the conversation and accelerating acceptance of the LGBT community."
Hosted by Ross Matthews, the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards New York will be held at the Waldorf Astoria on May 9, 2015. In addition to Roberts, special guests include Laverne Cox, Tituss Burgess, Jonathan Groff, Judith Light, and Jeffrey Tambor.