Thomas Roberts makes history as first openly gay person to anchor evening news on network TV

History was made Saturday night when Thomas Roberts anchored "NBC Nightly News," making Roberts the first out anchor of an evening newscast on any of the major TV networks.

The 42-year-old journalist, who hosts "MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts" during the week, told The Advocate that it was a "huge honor."

On cable TV, there are a few openly gay evening news anchors, including MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, CNN's Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon, and The Weather Channel's Sam Champion, but Roberts is the first to host one of the big three networks.

GLAAD honored Thomas Roberts during the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City this past May by presenting him with the Vito Russo Award. The Vito Russo Award, named after a founding member of GLAAD and the author of The Celluloid Closet, is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for our community. Roberts has been an active member of the LGBT community. In addition to hosting "MSNBC Live with Thomas Roberts," he also anchors OutThere, a weekly broadband program on MSNBC’s Shift website that focuses on LGBT issues.

Watch the historic broadcast here.

Watch Roberts' speech at the 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City here:

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