Surprise? CNN Journalist Don Lemon Reveals “I Was Born Gay”

- By Bossip Staff

Don Lemon's book Transparent

What a shocker!Okay, not maybe so much. We always had a feeling CNN’s Don Lemon was into men, but now the CNN journalist is speaking out about his sexuality in a recent release, likely because his upcoming memoir “Transparent” puts it all out there anyway.

“Today I chose to step out on faith and begin openly living my own truth. And let me say right up front that I hope many of you will be inspired to do the same thing in your daily lives. Some of the things I’ve chosen to reveal in my book Transparent were very difficult to share with even those closest to me.

There was a time when I was terrified of revealing these things to the person I love most in this world – my own mother. But when I finally mustered the courage to tell her that I had been molested as a child and that I was born gay, my life began to change in positive ways that I never imagined possible. Yet I still chose to keep those secrets hidden from the world. I, like most gay people, lived a life of fear. Fear that if some employers, co-workers, friends, neighbors and family members learned of my sexuality, I would be shunned, mocked and ostracized. It is a burden that millions of people carry with them every single day. And sadly, while the mockery and ostracizing are realized by millions of people every day, I truly believe it doesn’t have to happen and that’s why I feel compelled to share what I’ve written in Transparent.

As a journalist I believe that part of my mission is to shed light onto dark places. So, the disclosure of this information does not inhibit in any way my ability to be the professional, fair and objective journalist I have always been.

My book is dedicated to the memory of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death from a bridge after his dorm mates streamed his private business over the Internet for the world to see. Tyler might still be with us today if more gay men and women had chosen to live proudly and openly. It is also dedicated to the millions of young, gay people who believe they are alone when dealing with their own sexual identities. You are not alone! There are people, like me and many others, who are thriving in their personal and professional lives and although we sometimes have a hard time with it ourselves, we are here to show you by example that you too can overcome any obstacle as long as you stay strong and, most of all, stay alive.”

With love and honesty,

Don Lemon
May 16, 2011

He does make some good points there. It should be interesting to see if his CNN colleague Anderson Cooper ever makes a similar announcement.

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  • Naheim J

    We knew he was gay when he worked at ch 5 news here

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    • Greeneyez0712

      Ummm…Dont know him… Is he still at CNN????? I hope he doesnt lose his job over this coming out revelation…..

    • chaka1

      I think he wanted to come out when Thomas Roberts from CNN came out a couple of years ago. CNN fired Thomas for it, so I guess Don went back into the “closet.” He should come on out and be who he is. No one should really care…

    • EchoMemories

      BLACK MEN ARE RUINING THE BLACK COMMUNITY. THEY ARE SUPPOSE TO BE THE LEADERS OF OUR COMMUNITIES BUT INSTEAD THEY ARE CHASING AFTER OTHER MEN, IN JAIL OR HAVING A BECKY FEST THAT NEVER ENDS…lAST DAYS FOR SURE~

    • bpleasebelieve

      LET HE WHO IS WITHOUT SIN CAST THE FIRST STONE!!! THAT WAS JESUS YA’LL. EVERYBODY ON THIS SITE IS A SINNER! (A SIN IS A SIN) PERIOD! CRITICISE SOMEONE FOR WHO THEY ARE, GUESS WHAT, SIN. LIE CHEAT STEAL DISRESPECT YOUR PARENTS AND MOST IMOPRTANTLY MISTREATING YOUR FELLOW MAN, (BEHIND IDOLATRY THIS IS THE WORST SIN) STOP WORRYING ABOUT OTHER PEOPLE AND FIX YOUR OWN LIFE! WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO UP LIFT THE BLACK COMMUNITY?…CRICKETS! BLOGGING ALL DAY AND TAKING OUT YOUR SHORTCOMING ON OTHERS IS FLAT! STOP BEING A SENSITIVE ROCK AND GET OUT AND CHANGE THE WORLD, READ A BOOK TO A CHILD, FURTHER YOUR EDUCATION, LIFT UP-NOT PUT DOWN, MAKE PEACE WITH YOUR OWN DEMONS, AND SEEK GOD…NEXT

    • ALLERGIC TO DARKY RICANS

      They always claim they were molested as children as if that explains why they turned out that way.

  • India

    Awww damn

    • SMH

      I honestly said to myself after he once admitted on CNN he was molested by a Man when he was a child…I said Next he will come out and say hes Gay. I know people might trip but EVERY LAST Gay man i know eventually says they were molested as a child..im just saying

    • G.M.isafukinfraud

      *Singing Lady Gaga* -“I’m on the right track baby, I was booorn this waaaay!”-

  • Who gives a s*%t??

    I dont care about who u like, just report the news fool….

    • I Am Legend ( Allergic To Darkies)

      I was about to say the same damn thing…

    • Cosigner

      Damn, that’s the best comment this year!

    • SUN

      wow i thought i was the only one thinking like that wow just wow

  • http://www.mail4success.com Mail4Success.com

    Isn’t he married to a woman???

  • Mia

    Shane how old are you 12?

  • http://tonya tonya

    im shocked..seriously…wow…

  • koons kuality kontrol

    Born gay? I have yet to see a gay baby>

    • i am

      I’m not sure about being born gay, but I am sure that we all were born in sin and the sin begin to shapen into inquity. Here’s the thing – its if we stay in the inquity and let it become us – then God is not pleased ONE BIT! What he did is allowed the inquity. We are not of ourselves we are all spirit in a body called flesh of a human being. This sin and inquity is not of God. he needs to seek God – his spiritual being because the flesh(human being) is fashioned after this world and this world is of the enemy. He can become a straight man as God has for him – but that’s if he truly seeks after God being of one mind and one being.

    • WHY2K

      Ahhhh Lol. I was thinking the same thing. SMH.Stupidity.

    • SHAKING MY HEAD...

      My thoughts EXACTLY

    • chaka1

      Why do black people come on here and give us sermon on gays and religion, YET…black communities are overrun with poverty, violence, promiscuity, unemployment, terrible education, lack of health care, ineffective political representation, ignorance, no access to wealth, no morals etc.

      I think gay people are the least of our issues.

    • bb

      so have you seen straight sexually active babies?

    • WHY2K

      Babies are babies they don’t show no gay or straight traits when they come out the womb. That’s why born gay makes no sense. The stupidest sh*t I ever heard.

    • DJ

      Have you ever seen a straight baby??

      Point is, nobody wakes up one morning then “chooses” to be gay. Because if they did, you should be scared to wake up tomorrow for fear of making the same “choice.” Not how it happens. Sexuality is not a choice, but is something everybody is born with. He didn’t “choose” to be gay, any more than someone else “chose” to be straight. Whether you know it or not, sexual identity is usually set before any of us are even born.

      Education is a powerful thing!

  • http://deleted Breezy

    It’s a PANDEMIC !!!… SERIOUSLY !

    • LMAO @ you fool!

      @Graze – Umm, where are you getting your statistics??

  • http://deleted Breezy

    Think about it, you have NEVER seen two male cats or two female dogs, or two male birds etc. getting together ! Humans are THE ONLY ANIMALS who do such UNNATURAL things !!!

    • Really

      Yes I’ve seen two male dogs getting together….its unnatural but I’ve seen it before. Maybe some people are born with a chemical imbalance.

    • HOLD THE PHONES - I'M GOIN IN

      Well if you wanna stop acting as beasts do then why don’t you stop eatin, sleepin, sh!ttin, bathin, socializin and all that ish since you’re so “above” animal behavior.

    • CutieReppinNY

      @HoldThePhones

      All I’m saying is if you wanna compare yourself to an animal go right ahead, but trying to rationalize homosexuality because it’s what some animals do is just ridiculous. I mean have you ever owned a pet?? Do you see the disgusting things they do??? Again I’ll say MAN is ABOVE beast and should act as such.

    • HOLD THE PHONES - I'M GOIN IN

      And YOU, mah dear, must have missed the part about “love thy neighbor” and “he who is without sin cast the first stone” because you were casting all kinds of “stones” calling gays disgusting and it didn’t sound too “lovely” when you compared them to “beasts” either.

      Hypocrite!

    • CutieReppinNY

      @HoldThePhones

      Actually I said we HUMANS are above beasts, are gay people not human? How can you ever quote the BIBLE about homosexuality. If you’re gonna go by the BIBLE, then we all know what it says about that. How about you go Google some of those scriptures so we can see. Find me one that says homosexuality is acceptable and then I will accept you quoting the BIBLE. How can someone that’s support homosexuality turn around and quote the BIBLE??? Notice how they never put up the quotes that have anything to do with homosexuality, only love thy neighbor. Why, because they know it’s wrong.Part of loving thy neighbor is not encouraging sin. Come at me with those quotes and some intelligence next time please, all the name calling in your post is just ignorant and not a good reflection on your upbringing.

    • Greeneyez0712

      LOL….My two girl cats lick each other……

  • http://letthechurchsay.wordpress.com Kitina

    No one is born gay, it is a choice. SMH…We are definitely living in the end times, this is disgusting!

    • Sin

      What you have a taste for is not a choice. You cant help you like chocolate over vanilla. You can’t help you like the color green and not blue. You can’t help you hate coffee etc etc. That’s their taste. If it was a choice that means that all straight people in the inside are gay but they chose to be straight. In reality most people don’t have a taste for the same sex.

    • Charlie Jones

      I agree with the position that no one is born gay. Attraction is on a spectrum. And I don’t believe that being gay is a sin any more than being straight is a blessing. People who identify wherever on the attraction spectrum are susceptible to temptations. Sexuality happens to be an independent variable in this inequality.

    • buggin_out

      if it’s a choice, when did you choose to be straight? you didn’t. it wasn’t a concious decision. you instinctually sought out partners that you were attracted to. this idiotic sort of reasoning bothers me. *smh*

  • ReallyNow

    Gay ain’t okay.

    • i am

      No its not especially in the eyes of God! Becuase sin was already in the world when we all were born. We were born in it. But the good news is we don’t have to stay in it. Once we decide to stay in it then we chose the lifestyle of the enemy and that’s not God’s will. We we all die we will be accountable for the behavior and lifestyle thatwas lived on this earth.

    • jSHABAZZ

      I AGREE~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~it is DEMENTIA

  • CutieReppinNY

    No such thing as being born Gay.

    • I Agree

      I agree 100%.. From what I have seen and know a lot of my friends that told me they are gay have usually had some sort of trama in the childhood like molestation or something like that. Its really sad actually

  • ReallyNow

    Don Lemon was molested as a child. That explains a lot. You are less than a man if you are gay.

    • Sin

      Who are you to talk about devastated children? That’s nothing to joke about to just to bash someone. Children can not help who they were around and who done them wrong. He has mad it further than you, I bet his bank account rings a million each year, look who’s on a gossip site and not you. He rings success more than you to hate and be so hateful. More than a man than you because while you site here and hate he’s making $$$$$$$$$$$$. Tell to you and his “molester”.

    • What is going on????!!!!

      @ReallyNow, I with you ALL THE WAY on that.

    • AXE

      Thank you Sin.

      My mouth is wide open at the amount of ignorance I am witnessing.
      @Reallynow how can you sit there and demonize children who were victims of actions taken by sick individuals. People who share that ideology are responsible for the silence of victims of abuse. Do you know how much courage it takes to come out when you know all of your accomplishments, great character, and intellect will all be overshadowed by your sexual preference to most?

    • AXE

      Please “less than a man.” Yet were in a time where “men” (by your definition) wont take responsibility for their own children, take care of their household, or respect women. SMH

    • lezbo

      I have seen lesser men do more than just lie with another man. A lesser man makes children and dont provide for them. A lesser man sale dope to those in his community, a lesser man commits crime, murders, doesnt support his family, community, etc. Just because a man chooses to love someone who looks like him… he is condemed. But then people complain when these lesser men try to live double lives. if you are juding someone on their sexuality you are less of a man/ woman. Let people be who they are and stop judging people.

  • chelle

    This man is a terrific news anchor. What does it matter as long as he isn’t harming anyone. We as black people are so quick to judge then quick to shout racism when someone comes out of the mouth wrong about us. I always sensed he was gay, who cares. That’s his life …. get it together black people, smh.

  • Haley

    Good for him to be honest and true to himself. All the best to Don Lemon!!

  • ReallyNow

    @sin

    Why you mad?

    • Sin

      Why do I have to be mad to be on the opposite side of you? That doesn’t even make sense. I will tell you what I am mad about. Most of my money going into gas, my insurance, my sister and her kids that what I am mad about. Trust I am just speaking my mind as you are, in real life this is fickle and is just a website. I will tell you what I am mad about if you really want to know, gas and having the most thousand dollars that I have saved go into it and I only have a 100$ bill left. Yes I am mad about that. IZ U MAD DAWG? I am talking on a website for leisure but I can show you what I am mad about. I you want.

  • Ambitious1

    So many ignorant/ hateful folks in the world! More power to you Don! Love your work…

  • JM@gic(Trini man for life)

    DAmn all of CNN gay or something

    • ricoblack313

      Of course their all gay,CNN is headquartered n the gay capital Atlanta. That explains it all.If they were straight they wld b on another network.

  • jt

    blacks are the most homophobic and hateful people!:the reason is because they are the are uneducated and ignorant.

  • ReallyNow

    @sin,

    You seem very bitter, undereducated, and likely a paycheck away from being in a homeless shelter. Here is some advice. Perhaps you should attend an institution of higher education, get a better job, and let your sister fend for herself and her children. This will likely resolve many of your issues. Just sayin’…

    • Sin

      I seem bitter? Lol. I am not the one that goes around judging people, that life of judging human beings you don’t even know must be a bitter life.

  • JM@gic(Trini man for life)

    How come those 2 pics look like different people

  • i am

    I’m disappointed in Don and his choice! FOr the intellifence that he claims to have – he lack the real TRUTH!. Because someone molested you as a child shouldn’t give reason to life the lifestyle of being Gay. Unless you are a really happy person!. There are those born in the ghetto, but never allowed the ghetto to become them. Its a mental thing. You chose to live that way Don. You need to be taught the full truth and even if being taught you still don’t get it – you still don’t have the right to live the way you are or even encourage others to be that way. IT IS NOT GOD’S WILL DON!

    • ReallyNow

      I agree homosexuality is an abberation, and the more our community becomes infected with homosexuality the further we continue to degrade ourselves. It’s not like we don’t have enough problems in our communities already. Now, we have the gay brigade. Heaven help us.

  • Mrs. Rance

    I didn’t know he was gay, but good for him for feeling confident enough to come out. God bless him.

    • i am

      @Mrs Rance: How can you say God Bless Him! DOn’t you know that God despises this lifestyle.

  • resurrected

    I don’t believe that people are born gay but to each it’s own. I think that world is just falling part and that parents now let there child lead there households these days. If that is the life style that you want to live it just want you want trying to blame it on being born gay is some BS and has nothing to do with why you still want to live the lifestyle now in the moment. I lot can happen to a young child that is not being guarded that also will contribute this these kinds of feeling and if you are being abused at home them most likely your parents are not saying much to you to deflect your feelings and thoughts.

  • KNB1

    @Sin I absolutely love your comment about everyone having tastes and there not being a choice for what you prefer. That’s exactly what it is. People are so quick to scream sin at homosexuals. If it’s a “choice” why would they choose the path of ridicule? I’ve always enjoyed Don’s segments on CNN and will continue to do so. His sexual orientation has zilch to do with how he performs at his job of being a reporter. Keep up the good work Don! I’ll still be a faithful viewer.

    • Sin

      @KNB1 thank you for being a person that doesn’t care about what someone is and rather who they are. I love people from all walks of life. Even if one believe it’s not holy, that gives you no right to give that person Hades, not your job too. I have a gay family member and a friend who I found out was and that does not stop me from loving them. Peace

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