CNN anchor Don Lemon has come out of the closet in his upcoming memoir, Transparent.
The newsman told the New York Times, “People are going to say: ‘Oh, he was molested as a kid and now he is coming out. I get it.’"
While interviewing young men embroiled in Bishop Eddie Long’s sex scandal months ago, Don revealed that he, too, had been sexually abused. The 45-year-old anchor is aware that revealing he is gay isn’t a surprise to the people that he works with, but it will be big news for his audiences at home. He admitted that that scares him.
"I’m talking about something that people might shun me for, ostracize me for," he told the Times. He’s particurlarly aware that it might affect how he’s recieved in the Black community.
"It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture," Don said. "I guess this makes me a double minority now."
Despite his concerns, the CNN anchor felt that it was important to come clean about his sexuality. "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," he explained. "You’ve got to have the same rules for yourself as you do for everyone else."
All that said, Don tweeted a link to the Times article to his followers almost as soon as it went live. The response so far has mostly been favorable and he told fans that he is "overwhelmed by all your tweets and support!"
He later stated that he hoped Transparent would prevent more tragedies like the suicide of Rutgers’ student Tyler Clementi, whom the book is dedicated to.
— Sonya Eskridge