CNN Anchor Comes Out

Don Lemon reveals in an interview that he is gay


"Do I want to be 'the gay anchor'?" CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon asked a reporter rhetorically. "Why the hell not?"

Lemon—a 45-year-old African-American Baton Rouge, La., native—revealed publicly for the first time today that he's gay in an interview with National Public Radio.

In the interview, pegged to the release of his memoir, Transparent, later this spring, Lemon said he wants viewers to continue to accept him as a news anchor. But he's frustrated by the lack of openness about sexual orientation in television news and worried about how his pronouncement will be received. 

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