It was a good weekend for open and honest discussions of sexuality in the media–aided by the public coming out of two major public figures. Getting a lot of chatter today is CNN anchor Don Lemon’s decision to come out as a gay man. Lemon was profiled by The New York Times‘ Bill Carter in yesterday’s paper. Lemon’s decision to discuss his sexuality comes about a month before the release of his book on the same subject, “Transparent.”
Lemon argues in the Times that his decision to come out was especially difficult because of his race.
“It’s quite different for an African-American male. 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.”
Lemon wasn’t the only major name to come out publicly. Phoenix Suns CEO Rick Welts also came out over the weekend to the New York Times, making him arguably the most prominent figure in the ridiculously homophobic world of professional sports to publicly announce he’s gay.
Bill Simmons has a half-hour interview on his podcast with Welts about his decision to come out. Worth a listen.