CNN’s popular anchor, Don Lemon has revealed that he is gay. (Cut to the Blind Item I posted HERE last week–click on it. )
I love Don Lemon. LOVE him. He’s the anchorman I make a point of looking for on CNN. I find his manner to be professional, yet soothing when giving us bad news. He’s also very funny and engaging. This revelation is a brave move for Don professionally, but culturally as well.
“Today I chose to step out on faith and begin openly living my own truth…There was a time when I was terrified of revealing these things to the person I love most in this world—my own mother. But when I finally mustered the courage to tell her that I had been molested as a child and that I was born gay, my life began to change in positive ways that I never imagined possible,” says the 45-year-old newsman, who is making the rounds in support of his new memoir, Transparent.
“Yet I still chose to keep those secrets hidden from the world. I, like most gay people, lived a life of fear. Fear that if some employers, coworkers, friends, neighbors and family members learned of my sexuality, I would be shunned, mocked and ostracized. It is a burden that millions of people carry with them every single day. And sadly, while the mockery and ostracizing are realized by millions of people every day, I truly believe it doesn’t have to happen.”
“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.
You’re afraid that black women will say the same things they do about how black men should be dating black women. I guess this makes me a double minority now.”
Last year, Don revealed that he was molested as a child — something men, particularly when they are in the public spotlight — don’t usually discuss. I felt such empathy and profound admiration for Don watching him discuss the painful subject on a special CNN profile on the subject.
“As a journalist I believe that part of my mission is to shed light onto dark places,” says Lemon, who’s been with CNN since 2006. “So, the disclosure of this information does not inhibit in any way my ability to be the professional, fair and objective journalist I have always been.”
Wait one second. Just HOLD UP. I’m shocked that Don Lemon is 45 years old!!! What??? Dude doesn’t look a day over 30.
Raise your hand if you love Don Lemon even MORE now! (Raises BOTH hands…)