What’s Gay About The News

A couple of things.

On the one hand, Don Lemon, CNN weekend anchor and brave human being, has come out as a gay man.
Entertainment Weekly:

CNN’s weekend anchor Don Lemon reveals that he is gay in his new memoir, Transparent. “I abhor hypocrisy,” Lemon told theNew York Times. “I think if you’re going to be in the business of news, and telling people the truth, of trying to shed light in dark places, then you’ve got to be honest. You’ve got to have the same rules for yourself as you do for everyone else.”

Lemon admitted he is scared by peoples’ reaction, but that CNN has assured him of their support. “I think it would be great if everybody could be out,” he said to the paper. “But it’s such a personal choice. People have to do it at their own speed. I respect that. I do have to say that the more people who come out, the better it is for everyone, certainly for the Tyler Clementis of the world.”

Like I said, brave. Lemon, also a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, will no doubt become a more active voice in the LGBT community- as well as a sign to other human beings that being gay is not an obstacle- and that we have nothing to fear from the truth of who we are.

Next comes a poll from Fox News affiliate WACH in South Carolina. The poll, which attempts to gauge the pulse of its readers on the topic of the Presbyterian Church’s inclusion of openly gay clergy is clearly Fair and Balanced:

Oh, Lord.

“Sins, sinners, sinfulness- love the sinner, hate the sin”- the patronizing terms many evangelical/fundamentalist christians use to describe people they hate, is just one of the ignorant ways that keep them from facing the reality of human sexuality.

And Fox News seems to be contributing to that ignorance.


But the commenters are taking them to task. Which I love. Go ahead and read the story and comment. It’s getting interesting.

One comment on “What’s Gay About The News

  1. Teresa Hastings says:

    I had to LAUGH. This is an excerpt from one of Mr. Bryan Cox’s replies. “The poll was intended simply to ask people whether they agree or disagree with the Presbyterian Church’s decision to allow the ordination of homosexual clergy. When creating polls we have to keep each option fairly short, and in some cases that may result in our options not being as precise as they otherwise may be.”

    The NEW poll question is simple and to the point, like the original question would have been if he’d followed his own logic in the first sentence of this excerpt. Mr. Cox is clearly not qualified for his job.


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