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Don Lemon on why it’s still important for famous people to publicly come out

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

CNN’s Don Lemon ended the “OutFront” broadcast on Monday night by commenting about Robin Roberts’ coming out, and why it’s important for other famous people to publicly come out as well.

“Do people really need to do it anymore? The answer is yes,” says Lemon.

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Lemon, who came out publicly in 2011, spoke of his own struggles coming out to people close to him, and then coming out publicly years later, saying he was fearful at how the news would be received by viewers and others.

He said he was “afraid of people like Phil Robertson who claim to love everyone while simultaneously thinking that everyone’s love is unequal.”

Lemon said he hoped that for Roberts “empowerment will quickly replace fear,” and that as long as people continue to celebrate the rights of people like Robertson who speak out against homosexuality, then openly gay celebrities and newscasters such as himself, Roberts, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, and others “should be celebrated as well.”

“That’s why it’s still important to come out and say, very simply, ‘I’m gay,’” says Lemon.

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On Sunday, Roberts — host of ABC’s “Good Morning America” — revealed that she has been in a 10-year same-sex relationship.

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27 more reader comments:

  1. I wonder if Lemon is having a new years party.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:10pm
  2. don lemon on why it is important for blacks to stop terrifying white people with their inconvenient blackness.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:15pm
  3. You're foolish...

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:47pm
  4. i'm not talking about lemon in this post about gays, im talking about how he is when he talks race.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:48pm
  5. http://breakingbrown.com/2013/11/cnns-don-lemon-defends-stop-and-frisk-bemoans-black-peoples-need-for-political-correctness/

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:49pm
  6. obviously you just don't know anything about don lemons previously idiotic comments, which is why i take these comments with a grain of salt

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:50pm
  7. I agree with Melodi.

    Replied on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:54pm
  8. A hairy lemon party

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:17pm
  9. well said!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:19pm
  10. Nicely said Don.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:24pm
  11. that mr. lemon is a little bit of alright.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:38pm
  12. YES IT IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR FAMOUS PEOPLE TO PUBLICLY COME OUT, SO THAT THE YOUNGER GENERATION WON’T FEEL SCARED AND AFRAID LIKE ALL THE PEOPLE FROM THE BEGINNING OF TIME. HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!!!! ALL THE BEST IN 2014!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:46pm
  13. Because it gives voice to the silent, it frees the oppressed, why Don Lemon did you com out publicly?? Oh smack you were the only one who deserved such recognition for doing so.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:47pm
  14. Don Lemon You’re my favorite news caster on CNN! Happy Healthy 2014

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 4:59pm
  15. Thank you.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:06pm
  16. Thank you, Don, for articulating this message.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:07pm
  17. Yes, Agreed w Don!!!! Happy Health New 2014 Year!! It gets BETTER for everyone as we are all HUMANS!!!

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:32pm
  18. to give younger people someone to look up-to

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:33pm
  19. Don is adorable.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 5:46pm
  20. nicely said :-)

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:06pm
  21. Celebrity culture makes me sick sometimes.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:11pm
  22. Good for him. I totally agree with him.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:30pm
  23. I don’t see it’s important being that famous people are so fake they are bad influences on people of all ages.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:51pm
  24. Well said. People fear being rejected. They choose to allow family and coworkers to paint a picture of how they’d like to imagine that person lives their life. It’s a shame a person can be that self-loathing.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 6:53pm
  25. Why shouldn’t they come out to us.
    They vomit the rest of their life activities to keep relevant.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:16pm
  26. I think it is important for famous people to come out to send a message to not just our country but around the world too and let everyone know that they are who they are no matter what and that they are happy and proud to be who they are and that they shouldn’t have to be afraid or live in fear for being who they are and they deserve equal rights and the right to get married and their people that will support and love them no matter what

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:46pm
  27. Thank you Don.

    Posted on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 8:57pm