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Thomas Roberts Becomes First
Out Evening News Anchor
(EDGE) Thomas Roberts made TV history last weekend
by becoming the first openly gay evening news anchor on
network TV, the Huffington Post reports.
Roberts, 42, anchored NBC's "Nightly News" Saturday and
told The Advocate that filling that role was a "huge honor."
The magazine points out Roberts, who hosts his weekly
show "MSNBC Live With Thomas Roberts," led with the
story about 2016 presidential hopeful Donald Trump's
remarks about 2008 GOP presidential nominee, Sen. John
Back in March, The Advocate asked the journalist if he was
being vetted to fill in the prestigious nightly news chair.
"They haven't called yet. It would be historic, and I am
willing and able... I'm working in the land of opportunity,"
he told the publication at the time.
Along with his MSNBC show, Roberts also hosts a weekly
online show called "OutThere," which focuses on LGBT
Roberts came out in 2006 and married his partner of 12
years in 2012.
A few out news castors are currently on cable TV, notably
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and CNN's Anderson Cooper and
Lambda Legal Executive Director
To Retire After 24 Years
(Lambda Legal) Kevin M. Cathcart, who has been the
Executive Director of Lambda Legal since 1992, announced
that he will retire when his contract ends at the end of April,
Lambda Legal is the oldest and largest nonprofit legal
organization working for justice and equality for lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender people and people living with
HIV. When Cathcart assumed leadership of the organization,
it had a staff of 21 people and offices in New York and Los
Angeles. Today, there are more than 100 staff members
working across the country with offices in New York, Los
Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas. Lambda Legal has a
docket of more than 100 cases, and has helped win three
historic Supreme Court cases that have changed the lives of
LGBT people and the country: Romer v. Evans; Lawrence v.
Texas; and the recent Supreme Court victory for marriage
equality, Obergefell v. Hodges.
Cathcart is the longest serving head of a major national
LGBT nonprofit. Before coming to Lambda Legal, he served
from 1984 to 1992 as the executive director of Gay & Lesbian
Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) in Boston, New England's
LGBT and AIDS legal organization. In all, Cathcart has been
the Executive Director of a major LGBT and HIV legal rights
organization for 32 years.
At Lambda Legal, he led the strategy to finally eliminate
state anti-sodomy laws that criminalized sexual relations
between consenting adults of the same sex, leading to the
thrilling and game-changing 2003 Supreme Court victory in
Lawrence v. Texas.
The Board Co-Chairs announced that the organization will
conduct a search, beginning this fall, to replace Cathcart.
Submissions Period Open Lambda
(Lambda Literary) Entering their 28th year, the Lambda
Literary Awards (Lammys) honor books in more than twenty
genres ranging from literary fiction and poetry to speculative
fiction, graphic novels and memoir.
"As the most comprehensive LGBTQ book awards, the
Lammys ensure that LGBTQ stories are recognized and
retold as part of the literature of the world," said Lambda
Literary Award Administrator Kathleen DeBold.
Books submitted for consideration in this Lammys cycle
must be published between January 1st and December 31st,
2015 and meet the Lammys Submission Guidelines. Finalists
will be announced in March 2016 and Lammy Awards will
be presented at the annual Lambda Literary Awards gala
planned for early June of 2016 in New York City.
Lambda Literary is, for the first time, adding the Lammy
category of Transgender Poetry in response to the growth in
"Poetry is the byway through which the lyricism of our
crucial emotional and intellectual interior lives can be fully
realized," said William Johnson, Lambda Literary Managing
Editor who has been working closely with Trans poets
and publishers to establish this new Lammy category. "By
offering a Trans Poetry Award, Lambda Literary affirms
the importance of poetry as a literary form that offers
dynamic insights into our genuine selves, as well as the vital
significance that these insights play in our ongoing cultural
The revised guidelines and online submission form are
available on the Lambda Literary website. The submission
period will close on December 1, 2015.
Compiled by Jillian Melero
LGBT Student Nondiscrimination
Amendment Fails in Senate
(SFGN) The U.S. Senate defeated an education bill
amendment that would have provided LGBT students
with nondiscrimination and anti-bullying protection in
schools reports Metro Weekly.
The amendment was sponsored by Sen. Al Franken
and based on the Student Nondiscrimination Act that
Franken has introduced four times the report says.
Franken attached the amendment to the Every Child
Achieves Act, an amendment and revision of parts of the
No Child Left Behind Act.
“The amendment would have prohibited schools or
school boards from discriminating against students based
on their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender
identity. It would also have required school administrators
to step in when they are aware that discrimination,
harassment or bullying of LGBT students is taking place.
If school districts were noncompliant, they could have
been sued by parents and students for failing to act.”
The amendment was supported by a majority of the
vote, but fell short of the 60 required to attach it to the
“Franken previously told BuzzFeed prior to the vote
that he believed his legislation would settle questions
about restroom use by transgender students by allowing
them to use the restroom that corresponds to their correct
Kevin M. Cathcart.
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