CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon [pic] came out of the closet to NPR, with CNN’s approval this weekend. Now he’s a role model for gay teens who watch his work on TV because they often look for people like themselves on television.
Colleagues at CNN know about his four-year relationship with a CNN producer. But until now, Lemon has been extremely guarded with the public. He said he was told that anchors do not talk about such things.
Just two openly gay people hold prominent on-air roles in network or cable news at the national level. Both work at MSNBC: opinion host Rachel Maddow, who arrived at the cable news channel via liberal talk radio, and daytime anchor Thomas Roberts, who came out in 2006.