Gyantunplugged.com was the FIRST media outlet to put you all onto some rumblings I heard that CNN’s Don Lemon was to come out of the closet this week in conjunction with his new book “Transparent”. I won’t take this time to once again remind the readers that I have scooped all the big wigs with my info, which sparked outrage from numerous readers for “exposing” Don’s sexual preference. Personally I don’t understand it, and only because he was coming out anyway, have I not lost an ounce of sleep.
Don made his announcement to the NY Times:
“People are going to say: ‘Oh, he was molested as a kid and now he is coming out.’ I get it,” he said.
Few national television news anchors or hosts have publicly acknowledged being gay. Rachel Maddow is perhaps the best known. Her MSNBC colleague, Thomas Roberts, has also come out as gay.
Mr. Lemon has not made a secret of his sexual orientation in his work life; many of his CNN co-workers and managers have long been aware that he is gay. But he still acknowledged that going public in his book carries certain risks.
“I’m scared,” he said in a telephone interview. “I’m talking about something that people might shun me for, ostracize me for.”
Even beyond whatever effect his revelation might have on his television career, Mr. Lemon said he recognized this step carried special risk for him as a black man.
“It’s quite different for an African-American male,” he said. “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.” He said he believed the negative reaction to male homosexuality had to do with the history of discrimination that still affects many black Americans, as well as the attitudes of some black women.
Well, I can’t argue with that last part. Let’s see how it goes down today.
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