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Thomas Roberts is host of “The Advocate On Air” a note this morning from Thomas Roberts sharing the news that the the debut episode of the new television newsmagazine The Advocate On-Air has premiered with the former CNN anchor as host.

The monthly show is dedicated to examining news, politics, lifestyle and cultural trends. The debut episode includes:

“Olympics or Bust”

What is it about the Olympic Games that attracts so many gay people? As correspondent Derrick Shore finds out, it’s about much more than the pageantry of the opening and closing ceremonies. Follow “Olympaholics” Tyler Duckworth and Charley Walters as they venture to the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, revealing a behind-the-scenes side of the Games rarely seen by the viewing public.

“Making History in Houston”

Annise Parker, the out lesbian mayor of the nation’s fourth-largest city, sits down with reporter James Hattori and explains that Houston is more open-minded than you might think.

“What Happened to ‘Yes We Can?’”

Gay rights measures are languishing in Congress, even with President Obama in the White House and Democrats in control of Congress. And, as Washington Correspondent Kerry Eleveld reports, many gay people are turning to the Human Rights Campaign and asking, “What gives?”

“I Advocate”

Advocate Editorial Director Jon Barrett talks about The Advocate On-Air and how the new TV show is a perfect fit with the 42-year-old magazine and how this extension of the brand brings The Advocate into the 21st century.

The entire premiere episode of The Advocate On-Air is available at:

It’s so great that Thomas is anchoring the show. He seems like an ideal choice – especially since he attended the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Assn. conference in Miami four years ago and talked about being an openly gay man in television news.

He had certainly paid his dues by that time starting out as a reporter for a small cable station in Maryland then working as a writer/field producer for the NBC affiliate in San Diego. He also spent time at the ABC affiliate in Nebraska before landing in Fort Myers, Florida as a nightly news anchor and investigative reporter for the FOX station followed by a stint as the afternoon co-anchor and investigative/consumer correspondent for the NBC affiliate in Portsmouth-Norfolk-Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Thomas, 37, left CNN a few years ago and spent some time as a regular correspondent for The Insider and hosted red carpet coverage of the Screen Actors Guild for TNT.

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2 Remarks

  1. Gawd, that man is handsome!! I’ve been wondering about him lately. Glad to see he’s doing well and looking great.

  2. Hello – I am simply searching “Thomas Roberts / Vancouver” because of the below.

    So I’m hoping that at some stage, I will find a “Roberts” that had a Granddad / Great Granddad Thomas who was my Grandfathers younger brother.

    Thanks for your time.

    Don Roberts
    New Zealand.

    —– Original Message —–
    From: Don Roberts
    Sent: Sunday, September 12, 2010 11:53 AM
    Subject: Thomes Roberts

    Hi. I was only today made aware that there was Vancouver Washington USA and in Canada….!!!!

    Like all Genealogists – we make a “shot in the dark”….this is mine!!!!

    Is anyone in your Society researching the Family ROBERTS where the original Male came from LIVERPOOL in the UK after 1911…????

    I’m Don Roberts. I was born in Birkenhead (Liverpool) UK in 1946. I have NO known ‘relatives’. I have researched my genealogy for some 8years so I’m aware of all the “Family Lines”….and all end up childless / marriageless / and come to me…!!!! So I’m seeking a “possible living relative”.

    The only possible “Family” I MAY have is through my Granddads younger brother….THOMAS ROBERTS born Liverpool, England on 24 November 1886 – I have his Birth Certificate which shows 18 Danby Street, Everton, Liverpool England .

    Siblings : FRANCES STANLEY (F) b December 1878 Liverpool;
    WILLIAM JAMES (M) b 20 October 1879 Liverpool; William James was my Grandfather.
    MARY ELLEN (F) b 1883 Liverpool.

    Parents : Thomas Roberts b Liverpool 1851.
    Mary (formerly) Kendrick b Hawarden / Buckley ? Flintshire 25 April 1849.
    Married 23 January 1877, St Chrispons(?) Everton, Liverpool.

    THOMAS: The 1911 England Census shows:

    RG14PN22524 RG78PN1325 RD455 SD8 ED11 SN40
    24 Landseer Road, Everton, Liverpool 7.

    ROBERTS, Thomas Head Married M 60 1851 House Painter Lancashire Liverpool
    ROBERTS, Mary Wife Married F 61 1850 Flintshire Buckley
    ROBERTS, Frances S Daughter Single F 33 1878 Dressmaker Lancashire Liverpool
    ROBERTS, William J Son Single M 31 1880 House Painter Lancashire Liverpool
    ROBERTS, Mary E Daughter Single F 28 1883 Elementary School Teacher Lancashire Liverpool
    ROBERTS, Thomas Son Single M 24 1887 Plasterer Lancashire Liverpool

    It was my understanding that 1886 Thomas emigrated to “North America” in the early 1900′s.

    I remember Granddad bringing a man to my home when I was about 5yrs old and I think saying “This is your Uncle Tom from Canada”….to my Dad…..(Canada maybe incorrect) But “Vancouver” is a name I remember being talked about a lot as a child….

    I also have new 1950′s postcards from Los Angeles and Shasta in North California that I may have been given by him as well as sepia postcards of Canadian Pacific Ships around the Canadian Vancouver..

    Frances Stanley Roberts I also remember possibly went to visit him in the 1950′s, as I remember her embarking on the RMS Britannic (Cunard White Star Line) at Liverpool…. as I was shown around the ship and her cabin with my Granddad (WHY would a lady almost in her 80′s go on that ship…which sailed Liverpool – North America…..??).

    I did some research in 2005 through the Shasta Genealogical Society in California but that was before I knew that Thomas was still in England in 1911…..and …..there are so many Thomas Roberts’s around the area….!!!

    I believe that b1886 THOMAS may have emigrated to Canada / The States around the early 1900′s. He’s on the 1901 and also the 1911 UK Census. My childhood memories ‘suggest’ British Columbia, Washington or California. I know that he visited my Parents Liverpool home around the early 1950′s.

    Reply please :
    Don Roberts email
    12 September 2010.

    Many thanks for any assistance .

    Don Roberts
    North Island
    New Zealand.

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