May 16, 2011 by Post Team
Don Lemon, CNN’s Don Lemon, who last year surprised the audience when he said he was sexually abused as a child, has revealed he is gay. Lemon, 45, has a new memoir coming out called “Clear.” He told Bill Carter of the New York Times of the inherent risks of leaving as a news personality.
“I have fear,” said the Times. “I’m talking about something that people could run away from me, ostracize me.” While some TV personalities out, especially Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, who said being a black male makes it even more difficult to be gay.
“This is the worst thing that can be in black culture. They teach you what you have to be a man, you must be male. In the black community who think you can pray the gay away.”
“I think it would be great if everyone could be out. But it’s a personal choice,” he says.
CNN’s Don Lemon reveals in his new memoir, transparent, which is gay.
“I think it would be great if everyone could be out,” he says in an interview with the New York Times. “But it’s a personal choice. People have to do it at your own pace. I respect that. I have to say that the more people leave, the better for everyone, certainly for Tyler Clementis the world.”
Clementis is his companions and transmission line recorded the student of Rutgers University, which leaped from New York George Washington Bridge after a sexual encounter with another man in her bedroom.
“I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, I would not have taken 45 years to speak, to walk in the truth,” said Lemon.
However, it was not easy for Lemon to open about their sexuality.
“I have fear. I’m talking about something that people could run away from me, ostracize me,” said the Times.
Indicates that there could be consequences for his career in television as well as racial issues.
“It’s very different for African-American man,” he said. “This is the worst thing that can be in black culture. They teach you what you have to be a man, you must be male. In the black community who think you can pray the gay away.”
“Are you afraid that black women say the same things they do about how black men should go out with black women,” he continued. “I guess this makes me a double minority now.”
A publisher to write a book several years ago after speaking at a panel called “Man in Black in the Age of Obama” approached lemon.
“It was supposed to be a little booklet,” he said. “You know, say your prayers, and have a good handshake, abundant good morning to your boss.”
But as he wrote, he realized he wanted to tell her whole story, including how he was sexually abused as a child. Later, he changed his mind about revealing personal information for many, but then decided to go ahead with its deeply personal autobiography.
“But when I read it again, I said, no, leave it,” said the Times. “I hate hypocrisy. I think if you’ll be in the news business, and tell people the truth, to try to shed light in dark places, then you have to be honest. You must have the same rules to him as you do for everyone else. ”
CNN has booked on Monday on CNN News and Joy Behar show on HLN sister channel to promote his new book.
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