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CNN Anchor Aware Of Risks In Coming Out, And Tell-All Book

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Don Lemon Has Brave Book

Very few reporters and anchors have come out as being gay to the public while still performing their duties. Not only that, but even fewer have written books about their lives in a completely open fashion, despite fears of being shunned and public backlash.

This is what makes Don Lemon so inspirational.

It might have taken him 45 years (he looks much younger, mind you!) to come out publicly (literally to the public, close friends and family have known, including some coworkers at CNN), but he is not holding back any longer. His book tell of his struggle as a gay man reporting the news in the public eye, and having been molested as a child. Nothing is too personal.

And it took him a while to come to that point, there were definitely hesitations. But, as a reporter through and through, he felt it was his duty to hold himself, his own story, to that journalistic standard and give everyone the whole, unfiltered story:

“I’m scared. I’m talking about something that people might shun me for, ostracize me for. It’s quite different for an African-American male. It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.

I abhor hypocrisy. I think if you’re going to be in the business of news, and telling people the truth, of trying to shed light in dark places, then you’ve got to be honest. You’ve got to have the same rules for yourself as you do for everyone else.”

We are definitely behind you 100% in your decision to write this book. The strength it has taken to do so can't be calculated, and we support you!

Not only that, but, it's wonderful to hear that you support others in the gay community coming out:

“I think it would be great if everybody could be out. But it’s such a personal choice. People have to do it at their own speed. I respect that. I do have to say that the more people who come out, the better it is for everyone, certainly for the Tyler Clementis of the world.”

We hear that, Don. It was such a tragedy what happened to Tyler, who tragically committed suicide after his roommate leaked footage of a homosexual encounter on the web.

You truly are someone to look up to, and we applaud you! Hope the book, Transparent, does well!

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37 comments to “CNN Anchor Aware Of Risks In Coming Out, And Tell-All Book”

  1. 1

    apparently he's a gay with no fashion sense………bozo wants his tie back.

  2. 2

    He looks homo.

  3. 3

    I have long admired Mr. Lemon's work as a CNN anchor. However, I don't believe he needed to make the public pronouncement about his homosexuality. (Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite were respected journalists, and we had no need to know about their private lives. They were in the public eye, yes, but NOT celebrities. These newsmen were heteros, but that never needed to be flaunted nor mentioned.) I do understand Lemon's desire to speak of the childhood abuse, and applaud his courage.

    Unfortunately, he stereotypes the Black community (which is not monolithic) as being so simple as to believe prayer can exorcise being gay. Trust me, Don, we know better.
    Good luck.

  4. buck says – reply to this


    what is so inspirational about someone telling the world where he likes to stick his peenis? its on a need to know basis and i don't think the world needs to know.

  5. 5

    Wow… talk about a site with a gay agenda.

  6. 6

    I ADORE HIM!!!! Gotta mark him off my bucket list now, along with Coop and Andy Cohen. God, I love my gays!!!!!!

  7. 7

    Re: caroaber – I agree.

  8. buck says – reply to this


    Re: caroaber – btw, praying to be healed is not a bad thing to do. you can also seek help from this sexual disorder through therapy and counseling.

  9. 9

    Big deal… He does his work… that is what it should really matters… regardless his own personal life!

  10. 10

    It's really inspiring to see more LGBT individuals come out. It makes a world of difference to LGBT teens, especially those living in highly conservative communities, where they feel hopeless and trapped. It shows that they can rise above the prejudice and overcome the hatred, to create a happy and successful life. That is why there is a need for LGBT people to come out. Straight teens have millions of openly straight role models. Gay teens don't have that same support.

  11. 11

    Nasty, disgusting butt pirate.

  12. 12

    I knew he was a homo before this shiz even "came out". Of course he's dysfunctional, he was MOLESTED in the formative years. Most homosexuals were abused as children - no doubt about it! And it's sad for them. And of course they're suicial, it goes against nature, no matter how society seems to accept it - nature does not and that empty, sad feeling will never go away.

  13. 13

    Not inspired at all. I really don't care. Not interested! I'm gay myself but this cry for, "Hey, I'm gay. Look at me! I need help. I'm brave." Ugh, it's pathetic.

  14. 14

    Also, what's the deal with all the homophobia here? Why come to a gay guy's webpage, which is obviously going to be in favor of equality, for your daily news if you are anti-gay? Maybe there is a literacy problem here, but the category for this story is "Filed under: TV News > Gay Gay Gay > Inspiration". I think that makes it abundantly clear that the site and article is going to be pro-equality and view the story favorably. If you want the tirades about this dude burning in hell or whatever, I'd suggest checking into a different sort of site.

    Or maybe there's just a lot of closet cases here…..

  15. 15

    Well he probably came out because it gets the homophobes to maybe not hate as much. If more and more gays come out who are in the public eye, after a while people get used to it and hopefully more accepting. It's when it's hidden that the fear and prejudice is more prevalent. Good for Don Lemon - I think he will be fine.

  16. 16

    Now you'll see a haughty, in-your-face attitude "coming out" of this dysfunctional "out" person. When the AC360 dudette comes out, you'll see his um'ing and ah'ing leave, too - he'll get, for lack of a better word, cocky. Hell, they're probably cornholing each other between takes. That's all gays think about.

  17. 17

    Re: buck – Maybe you can also pray to be healed from being a bigot! Small minded people like you really need help! Your name ryhmes with F_ck…bet you think you are all that. LOSER!

  18. 18

    BRAVO!!!!! Good for you. Live your life proud..be who you are.

  19. 19

    Re: buck – Newsflash, you can't pray the gay away..sorry!. Being gay is not a disorder -Like congressman Steve Simon said "How many more gay people does God have to create before we ask ourselves if He wants them around?" …You're born gay, GET OVER IT!!!

  20. 20

    I commend him for coming out, but I can't help but wonder if his comment about "hypocrisy" might have been at least partially directed toward Anderson Cooper. Considering that AC has been in the business for quite a while and is a more famous television personality, perhaps Don is irritated that he hasn't publicly announced his sexuality. I suppose it could really be of some help in this country, considering that I still frequently find people who don't know that Anderson Cooper is gay (despite the fact that it seems that those who know he's gay generally act like it's common knowledge).

  21. buck says – reply to this


    Re: biana v – are people born pediphiles too? should we have more of them? how about beastiality, i'm sure they are born that way as well. a little councilling would go a long way, oh and prayer couldn't hurt either.

  22. buck says – reply to this


    Re: Jeff95117 – it sounds like i'm more open minded. i would recommend psychological help that has been proven successful rather than simply saying it doesn't work or this is the way God wanted me. Don't cop-out and get the help and lead a normal, productive life without some sort of chip on your shoulder or guilt-ridden existence.

  23. 23

    Re: Likeduhh – you sure are a strange one. you put Don Lemmon down for coming out and telling everyone he's gay and then in your stupid comment you felt the need to tell everyone you're gay. and as easy as it is for a nobody like you to tell everyone on some gossip site that your are gay it's definitely brave for a public figure to come out. all you have to do is look at homophobes like buck, sockie, and A Voice of Sanity to see how much hatred there is still directed towards gay people. the only one pathetic is you and if you really weren't interested as you said why bother to leave your moronic comment at all. if you really are a gay person you should be ashamed of yourself.

  24. 24

    This comes as no surprise. I always had a feeling he was gay.

  25. 25

    How many cancer patients have you seen prayed for and get completely cured of cancer by prayer? One in a million? One in a thousand? Do you put down the other 90% of cancer patients who don't get cured from prayers as being somehow "too sinful" and "not trying hard enough"? I hate to even compare homosexuality to cancer, but even if within Christianity, you see homosexuality as a disease, you have to admit that there are thousands of people who try desperately to "pray it away" without success. You putting down that person who didn't get their "gay prayed away" is just like putting down a cancer patient who didn't get healed after being prayed for.

  26. 26

    he's so cute

  27. 27

    I salute you, Don Lemon! Thank you so much for being so brave and honest!

  28. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: A Voice of Sanity – That's a generalization, and it's just like saying 'that's all heteros think about' when you catch two of them in the copy room during the day with the light switch off, and I'm hetero. You can't just shove them all in a bag and hang that kind of label on LGBT just because you're uncomfortable. Just as heteros come in all professions and degrees of quiet and respectful to blatant sexuality, so do LGBT's. Sorry.

  29. 29

    Just report the news and keep your private life…..private.

  30. 30

    Re: April 20th – His outfit (tie included) compliments his complexion beautifully.

  31. 31

    dont know this fella but he looks damn good for being 45. he looks like hes in his early 20s.

  32. 32

    Great guy. SUPER PROUD!

  33. 33

    WTF? big deal good for him but I do have one question why is being gay such a big deal in the "black community" so many black men are on the download…and I think the fact that there are sooo many single parent household without any fathers or male role models a much more serious thing to be ashamed of than being gay!!!come on people
    really having babies and baby daddies is much more serious!!

  34. 34

    He so cute and so brave. I am interested in reading his story. I think the black community has changed a lot, and the Christian community in general is less judgmental.

  35. 35

    Bravo Don lemon!
    You are very courageous!
    You are an amazing role model for all young black men!

  36. 36

    Re: A Voice of Sanity – Sad you actually believe what you wrote - though I can never tell if you're joking or just dumb

  37. 37

    Re: buck – Pray the gay away - doesn't usually work - get your facts straight - Just like me trying to pray you gay so you would understand something clearly outside of your ability to understand - or you don't want to - And you use the word normal - Pal I bet your normal is someone elses idea od hell