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CNN anchor Don Lemon says he's gay

Atlanta — For years, colleagues of CNN anchor Don Lemon have known he was gay, but now he's talking about his sexual orientation in a new book, "Transparent."

CNN anchor Don Lemon
CNN anchor Don Lemon
Lemon's career has taken him from WCAU-Philadelphia to WMAQ-Chicago to WNYW-New York. 

He told the New York Times he was reluctant to come out and be known as "the gay anchor" but even more concerned about reaction among blacks.

"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."

He wrote the book after a publisher asked him for something "inspirational."

He told the New York Times that more people in high-profile positions need to come out, so that kids like Rutgers student Tyler Clementi don't kill themselves. Lemon said his own life might have been different if he'd known more out gay men.

"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.

In the book, Lemon also talks about being molested as a child.

So much Courage-i love and admire Don and i will get this book-a must read~
Posted by Judy Prebell on Mon, 5/16/2011 3:46 PM
This is old news though. Or did he come out officially?
Posted by Dalila Fridi on Mon, 5/16/2011 4:08 PM
He should date anderson cooper
Posted by Justin262 on Mon, 5/16/2011 4:47 PM
If He's so gay, y did he use homophobic slurs to describe gays, especially gay men, on his program about racism and Dr Laura?
Posted by Calvin Townsell on Mon, 5/16/2011 6:38 PM
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