Many international television personalities are really coming out about their true sexuality. Donald Davis Lemon, a CNN anchor who is known by the stage name Don Lemon has just joined the league of gay reporters who are not ashamed to go public with who they are. Don made this known to the public in his new book titled Transparent, an autobiography where he ex-rayed the trauma he had to endure as a growing child, which included sexual abuse, discrimination among the black community, homophobia and his perpetual estrangement from his birth father.
Don is a popular African-American television personality and a professional journalist who is best known for his program Tonight with Don Lemon on CNN.
Salary and Net Worth
Don Lemon is one, out of the many well-paid television personalities on CNN. According to the records, he earns an annual salary of $125,000 and his hard work and dedication have earned him several awards and nominations like the Emmy award he won due to his proper reporting on the estate market. Don has been featured on several popular American Magazines, we can conveniently say that he is in the league of the richest television personalities across the world with his net worth pegged at an enviable $3 million.
Is Don Lemon of CNN Gay? Who is The Partner, Boyfriend or Husband?
In his new book titled Transparent, Don Lemon, the CNN news anchor/television personality talks to the public about his life and sexuality and in an interview with the New York Times, Don owned up to being gay. By his actions, Don has joined the league of gay anchors on TV which include Thomas Roberts and Rachel Maddow from MSNBC as well as a myriad of others. His book was initially meant to be an inspirational piece but as he worked on it, he was motivated to go public with his sexuality, he also discussed his perpetual estrangement from his father.
According to Don, his co-workers at CNN have always known about his sexuality but his new book is just a way of taking a more public step. He also believes that you could not write an inspirational book and hide your identity. The CNN anchor revealed that it was not so easy for him to just wake up and decide to make his sexuality public. He said that he became very scared at one point and almost removed the part of his book that talked about his sexuality because he knows that people might shun him for it, especially the black community. He concluded by saying that it would really be great if every gay person comes out to openly declare their sexuality. He used himself as an example by saying that if he had seen more people coming out as gay, it wouldn’t have taken him all of 45 years to do it.
Don’s personal life incidents have been really tough, he experienced several tribulations and being sexually abused as a child was one of them. According to his submissions, when he was eight years old, a male neighbor sexually abused him. He made this known on one of the on-air conferences amongst the members of Bishop Eddie Long‘s parishioners on September 25, 2010. The CNN anchor faced a set of controversies upon his gay proclamation, He discussed how he was treated in his early days, the harsh discrimination that was rife among the blacks, the homophobia and misery he experienced because he didn’t dare face his mother with the truth for the first thirty years of his life. Eventually, he had the courage to tell his family about his sexuality and they have already accepted it and after going public with his gay status, he seems to have become the new gay role model.
Moving to his marital status and relationships, there was a time it was rumored that the CNN personality was married to Stephanie Ortiz, but this information has long remained a rumor because it was never confirmed by either of the parties involved and since Don Lemon has publicly declared himself as gay, the information seems to be very far from the truth. The news that is more credible is the one that says that the anchor is married to his boyfriend John Byrne who is a choreographer.
In 2017, it was rumored that Don Lemon was dating Tim Malone, a sales executive and the duo were pictured together holding hands in public.