Is Don Lemon gay?

Don Lemon

Donald Carlton Lemon (Born March 1, 1966 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is an American television journalist. He is the presenter and anchor of the CNN show CNN Tonight with Don Lemon.


Work as a journalist

Lemon began his professional career as a weekend anchor for local broadcasters WBRC in Birmingham, Alabama and WCAU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and as an anchor and reporter for KTVI in St. Louis.[1] He later worked as a reporter for NBC in New York City for the news programs, among other things Todayand NBC Nightly News and appeared as the weekend anchor for Today and the MSNBC news channel. In 2003 he moved to WMAQ-TV in Chicago, where he also worked as a reporter and news anchor.[1]

Lemon has been with CNN since 2006, initially as a weekend anchor and correspondent in Atlanta.[1] Since 2014 he has hosted the evening program CNN tonight from the New York studio.[3]

further activities

Lemon published a book about his career as a journalist in 2011. Based on Black Live Matter protests in the summer of 2020 and the ensuing discussions about racism and discrimination against African Americans, Lemon started a podcast entitled Silence is not an option on the relationship between blacks and whites in the United States.[4] His book, published in 2021 This is the fire is dedicated to the same topic based on historical events and personal experience. The title refers to The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.


In it he publicly came out as gay[5] and addressed the issue of having been sexually abused as a boy.[6] He had already spoken about this abuse in September 2010 during a live interview with supporters of the clergyman Eddie Long, who was suspected of abusing young people in his community.[7] In April 2019, Lemon got engaged to partner Tim Malone, a New York real estate agent. The couple live in New York City.


Lemon received an Emmy Award for a report on the Chicago real estate market.[8] For reporting on the Beltway Sniper case, he received the Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.[9] In 2017 he received the Davidson / Valentini Award from GLAAD for promoting the rights of the LGBTQ community.[10]


Individual evidence

  1. abcdDon Lemon, CNN. Retrieved January 8, 2011.
  2. ↑ Don Lemon: Address; Distinguished Alumnus Award, Brooklyn College.
  3. CNN Profiles - Don Lemon - Anchor - CNN. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  4. Silence is not an option. Accessed March 23, 2021.
  5. ↑ David Folkenflik: Livelihood 'On The Line,' Anchorman Reveals He's Gay, NPR. May 16, 2011. Retrieved May 19, 2011.
  6. ↑ Bill Carter: ~ newspaper = The New York Times Gay CNN Anchor Sees Risk in Book. May 15, 2011.
  7. ↑ Don Lemon: CNN: Don Lemon - 'I Was Attacked by a Pedophile', YouTube. September 25, 2010. Retrieved May 13, 2014.
  8. Anchors & Reporters - Don Lemon, CNN. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  9. ↑ Laurence Watts: Interview: Don Lemon, CNN's openly gay anchorman. In: Pink News. September 15, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2012.
  10. Don Lemon Gives Moving Speech At GLAAD Gala: ‘I Ain’t Scared Of Nobody’ - Essence. In: essence. ( [accessed October 31, 2018]).

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