In his new memoir Transparent, CNN news anchor Don Lemon reveals that he is gay. "Today I chose to step out on faith and begin openly living my own truth,” he said in an official statement.
While Lemon has never made a secret of his orientation at work (many of his CNN co-workers and managers have long been aware that he is gay), he joins national television news anchors and hosts like Rachel Maddow and Thomas Roberts who have publicly acknowledged being gay.
“I think it would be great if everybody could be out,” Lemon told the New York Times. “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.”
Tyler Clementi is the Rutgers University student who died by suicide last fall.
“I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, it wouldn’t have taken me 45 years to say it,” Lemon said, “to walk in the truth.”
GLAAD applauds Don Lemon for sharing his story and wishes him continued success.