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Monday Briefs: Cricket pro comes out; Thomas Roberts gets new time slot on MSNBC; USC Quarterback anti-gay marriage

Congratulations to English cricket pro Steven Davies who became the first in his sport to come out publicly as a gay man.

“This is the right time for me…I feel it is right to be out in the open about my sexuality,”  he said in an interview with The Telegraph. “If more people do it, the more acceptable it will become. That must be a good thing.”

The 24-year-old Davies told his family he was gay five years ago and says he has enjoyed their complete support. He said it was a huge relief to finally come clean and be honest with the wider public.

“I’m comfortable with who I am – and happy to say who I am in public,” he said. “To speak out is a massive relief for me, but if I can just help one person to deal with their sexuality then that’s all I care about.”

THOMAS TIMESLOT: It has been so great to have openly gay newsman Thomas Roberts a regular presence on television again.

The former CNN Headline News anchor and correspondent for The Insider has been working for MSNBC since last summer and now he has his own regular timeslot: 11 a.m. EST.

The handsome journalist wrote on his Facebook page today: BIG DAY …. start the new 11 am eastern timeslot today on msnbc. libya, sheen & oscars, oh my! see you all soon!!

I was still recovering from an Oscar party so I missed Thomas today but plan to tune in tomorrow!

TROJAN TWEET: This is so disappointing. USC Quarterback Matt Barkley is not pleased with President Barack Obama’s announcement last week that the federal government will no longer defend DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act) which bans recognition of same-sex marriage.

I realize that everyone is entitled to their opinion and their beliefs but it’s disappointing that a high-profile young person would feel the need to take to Twitter to express his displeasure. According to, Barkley wrote “Smh” which is short for “Shaking My Head.”

Barkley got some negative response and responded to one angry tweeter: “look bro, I’m not discriminating and I’m not a homophobe. I’m standing up for what I believe. Cool down…”



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