When the news broke that a CNN anchor over the weekend revealed publicly for the first time that he’s gay, few were expecting the name that followed the headline to be Don Lemon.
Even though Lemon has long been out to many of his co-workers and bosses, the author of the upcoming memoir “Transparent” took the unnecessary but commendable step of coming out to the news-watching public. The book also reveals more details of how someone close to him sexually abused him as a child, which he admitted on CNN’s air back in September 2010 while discussing the Bishop Eddie Long charges.
Buried in the New York Times profile that broke the story on Sunday, the 45-year-old said, “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.”
(Clementi was one of several high-profile LGBT teen suicides in 2010 — the Rutgers student committed suicide by jumping off the George Washington Bridge after a sexual encounter was surreptitiously broadcast on the Internet via hidden webcam by his roommate.)
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