Thomas Roberts Becomes First Openly Gay Network News Anchor

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Thomas Roberts made history over the weekend.

Yes, the 42-year old simply sat behind a desk and hosted The NBC Nightly News.

By doing so, however, he became the first openly gay man or woman to ever anchor a nightly news program on network television.

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He also became the first openly gay man or woman to ever report on a Presidential candidate slamming a legendary war hero on network television.

In case you missed it on Saturday, Donald Trump really did go there with John McCain.

Speaking privately to a member of The Advocate's staff, Roberts (who hosts "MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts" during the week) said this milestone was a "huge honor" for him.

Across the dial, there are a handful openly gay evening news anchors/reporters - such as MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, CNN's Anderson Cooper and CNN's Don Lemon - but Roberts is the first to serve in this capacity for one of the big four networks.

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