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CNN’s Don Lemon plans Atlanta book signing

donCNN’s Don Lemon will read from and sign his new memoir, “Transparent,” at 7:30 p.m. June 22 at Outwrite Bookstore & Coffeehouse.

(In related news Outwrite says it is struggling and has issued a plea for support).

The anchor, who last year stunned audiences when he said he was molested as a child,  revealed he is gay as the book was being released.

In an interview with the New York Times, he said going public with his orientation was a bit nerve-wracking. “I’m talking about something that people might shun me for, ostracize me for.”

In an interview with HLN’s Joy Behar he said,  “It’s about the worst thing you can be in black culture. You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.”

This article from Bay Windows, a GLBT newspaper in New England, says being black and gay in Atlanta is difficult.

“If you’re LGBTQ in “Hot-lanta” you stay in the closet, as Lemon once did,” the article concludes.

However, the reaction to Lemon’s candor has been largely supportive, and he has thanked viewers and followers via Twitter for their positive comments.

The signing at Outwrite, 991 Piedmont Ave., is a VIP Line Ticket event. Tickets are free and available with the purchase of a book in advance. Call 404-607-0082 or see the store’s web site for more information.

- Jennifer Brett/The Buzz/jbrett@ajc.com

28 comments Add your comment

ATL A

May 27th, 2011
6:33 am

“Being black and gay in Atlanta is difficult.” Let’s take a look at that. First, I am a supporter of both groups and believe in the rights of both groups. However, I am also a believer that journalistic integrity ought to count for something and absurd statement ought to be avoided. Atlanta was recently named “gayest city in the country” besting even San Fran. And, I find it hard to believe “the dirty south” is a particularly difficult place to be black, relative to anywhere else. Perhaps we should move on. He is a good newsman. He’s black. He’s gay. Who cares? Let’s get back to what the ajc is good at, and known for, tracking every pointless move of the call girls known as the real housewives of atlanta.

ATL Ben

May 27th, 2011
6:40 am

@Larry – how are the northern woods of Georgia? Stop eyeing that deerhead on wall so longingly–there are laws against that. Also, if you look just past your Sarah Palin hunting poster, and just to the right of your Newt Gingrich bobble-head doll (are all the wives he cheated on–speaking of perversion–also in bobble-head form at your house?) and you will find the 21st century. Walk toward it Larry–its ok. I bet you are the type of guy that wears those neat mesh hats that you get at the Shell station with super funny sayings and pictures of camaros.

I'll Say This

May 27th, 2011
7:14 am

No one has a Heaven or Hell to put anyone in so who am I to judge. Taking care of my own business is a full-time job, I don’t have time to take care of anyone else’s.

Don’t agree with the life style but like I said, I don’t have a Heaven or a Hell to put him in so…there you have it.

An aside, I don’t get why there has to be an announcement of your preference OR is are you doing this to coincide with the Bishop Eddie Long settlement? Is there something about that you want to share Don? An inside scoop perhaps! While I am curious about the timing, your orientation and what you know about Bishop Long, is still none of my business.

KA

May 27th, 2011
7:37 am

I think this guy is just in it for the money. Alert for the ajc, most of us either have a gay family member, friend, or coworker. And I along with most of the people I know accept and respect their gay family and friends even if we don’t agree with their choice to live a gay lifestyle.

CJ

May 27th, 2011
7:37 am

Not a redneck, here…ATL Ben: all the changes in the culture and the laws do not change GOD’S unchanging New and Old Testament laws. Yes, what Newt and all the rest did was also sin, not taking up for any sexual wrongdoing. One does not justify the other: both are breaking the Ten Commandments, “Thou shalt not commit adultery” laws.
Read Romans 1. Living in the so-called new century does not change the fact of NO OFFSPRING (it’s unnatural), and a sexually-transmitted DISEASE (it is deadly). It is the result of many things, including a sick pop culture, broken parenting, molestation, bad choices, gender confusion, etc., etc. God can and does heal any brokenness if and when you turn your life completely over to Him. It is not instantaneous, as appetites took years to develop, but God’s supernatural healing power is awesome and life-changing. Check out Resurrection Life Ministries in Atlanta. http://www.restorepurity.com/about

itsallgoodnroanoke

May 27th, 2011
7:43 am

I am sorry for the fool who try to put you down,Larry is a fool and have NO morals or respect for anyone. Look at his writing and he must understand the rectum!! This is what fools do, JUDGE and all the same time they are into $%#@. Good Luck Brother and God Bless.

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CJ

May 27th, 2011
7:43 am

carla roqs

May 27th, 2011
7:58 am

larry, that is just too graphic for this time of morning, any time of day. daggggg- the boy is gay, nope- who approves? not me. who can judge? not me. but to seem so familiar with the particular details??????? ewwwwwwww, me thinketh you doth protest too much.

ATL Ben

May 27th, 2011
8:01 am

Hey Larry, it has been my experience that those who tout their IQ are making up for some tremendous inadequacy. Notwithstaning your tremedously impressive vocabulary (most notably “suck and swallow”), which was undoubtedly honed at Devry or some similar VCR/home-school college, it strikes me that you are just an idiot. I love how the right wing loves to blame Clinton, Jesse, etc.–who, like you, were tools; however, you always seem to forget to mention your foot-tapping Republican senator who tried to “get his” in an airport mensroom. And, on and on and on… Oh, sorry for the long post….didn’t mean to take you away from your search for Obama’s real birth certificate or, more likely, your recent tea part invitation. take care hoss. oh, and while not even worth the time to respond, @CJ, i love you Bible literalists who fail to take into account that for thousands of years the bible was passed down orally (not orally like you and your dad Larry) — and you just assume nothing was lost in translation. Worse yet, you presume to speak for God, with whom i feel cautiously optimistic you have not communicated (ie, i doubt he appears on Jerry Springer or Sean Hannity’s show, which I suspect forms the content of what you are regurgitating as your own thoughts).

Jeff

May 27th, 2011
8:05 am

What everybody seems to forget is there is no “asking for your approval” here. Even those of you that proclaim that you have gay friends “but don’t agree with their lifestyle”……..again, there is no asking for approval here….just the hope that someday we will all be evolved enough not to judge. If I remember correctly, that isn’t our job to begin with.

carla roqs

May 27th, 2011
8:14 am

jeff, get a grip. people are judged by color, race, creed, education, religion, clothes, what they eat– the list goes on and on. as long as there is a Bible belt and as long as there are atheists, and as long as there is sin, there will be judgement- right or wrong. and…certain lifestyles bring forth even moreso judgement. the boy put it out there and apparently realized that it would cause a commotion. it is called marketing and these are called comments and again…get over it. all is fair except for the graphics, the graphics!!! ewwwwwww.

Queen B

May 27th, 2011
8:15 am

CAN’T WE ALL JUST GET ALONG?

EagleMan

May 27th, 2011
8:17 am

ATL Ben = dude, that post was freggin AWESOME!

CJ

May 27th, 2011
8:22 am

ATL Ben–I DO speak for God, as do millions of others who are born again, read His Word, and communicate regularly with Him. I pray daily for those bound by appetites like this to overcome, be born again, and live a happy, fruitful life–to turn from death to life. A lifestyle given over to sensuality/pleasure IS death. John 10:10. Proverbs 16:11–true JOY is found in the Presence of God, and you don’t constantly need a sexual/codependent/drug ‘fix’ to get it.

Jennifer Brett

May 27th, 2011
8:29 am

Larry:

Come on man, give us a break. I’ve removed some of your more graphic comments. I want to be clear that they were not taken down because of your viewpoint but because of their vulgar content. Various opinions are welcome, but we can do without the scatology.

Jennifer

4xtra

May 27th, 2011
8:30 am

Don Lemon stated:
You’re taught you have to be a man; you have to be masculine. In the black community they think you can pray the gay away.”
“being black and gay in Atlanta is difficult. “If you’re LGBTQ in “Hot-lanta” you stay in the closet, as Lemon once did,” the article concludes.

Are you serious??
Let me tell you something, I have lived in several states and overseas, seen it all done it all and let me tell you something…It appears that you FIT IN ATLANTA if you are homosexual and/or feminine.
I have no problem with the guy being the way he is (NOT AT ALL) BUT
I am going to let you in a secret…..
Most corporate environments would prefer a male candidate that was homosexual or possessed “feminine traits” than lets say the alpha macho male type.
TRUST ME THIS IS TRUE….
Every job I have had in a white collar environment, I was always an “outcast” because I am a straight black male with no feminine qualities in ANY CAPACITY..
Two guys I met at a business lunch function told me they were looking for sales reps for there wedding planning and consultation business told me that I had a great personality, was very handsome but I was “NOT FEMININE ENOUGH”.
We all laughed because IT WAS TRUE and WE ALL knew this..
I was not the least bit offended because HE WAS RIGHT.
I even worked for a state agency in another state and out of 400 people I was one of the VERY VERY few straight males in the entire building.
I hate to say this but it appears to be a trend that the more feminine and “none threatening” you are the more you are accepted…This has been a fact for years so this is not new.
Get mad all you want but this is the hardcore truth.
Most black males in media are homosexual…either closet cases or full blown

carla roqs

May 27th, 2011
8:36 am

cj- dude, you cannot speak for God. no, nope, nada. you can quote Scriptures, preach, minister, and be a missionary. but duuuuuuuuuuuude, you cannot speak for Yahweh, come on!!!!!!!

blkshepherd

May 27th, 2011
8:36 am

@Leviticus

You said there are no men here and your getting the heck outta here…” just a reminder, Delta is ready when you are..but good luck in finding your Real Man also how do we know your a Real Woman? Define a real Man or Woman?

No matter where you move to unless your planning on Leaving the Planet, you will avoid Gay Men, Women, and Children.

Its obvious you have Deep issues, and I suggest you consult a shrink who will Inform you to Get Over Yourself because homosexuality was here since the first group of humans and shall BE HERE until there is no Longer a Human Race. Get it?

You yourself are Not perfect therefore your not Fit to judge. Get off the planet, no one will even know you are missing.

CJ

May 27th, 2011
8:50 am

Carla–I Peter 4:11:
“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

Patrick

May 27th, 2011
8:55 am

Reading through this chain of vulgar and insulting comments, I can see that Atlanta is no longer the city “too busy to hate”. The ironic thing to me is that if Don Lemon were to interview any one of you “haters”, he would treat EVERY one of you with courtesy, kindness and respect. He is a profesional through and through. We’re very proud of you Don!

understoodsinge

May 27th, 2011
8:57 am

I paid $32.67 for a XBOX 360 and my mom got a 17 inch Toshiba laptop for $94.83 being delivered to our house tomorrow by FedEX. I will never again pay expensive retail prices at stores. I even sold a 46 inch HDTV to my boss for $650 and it only cost me $52.78 to get. Here is the website we using to get all this stuff, http://GoGetBids.com

Ren

May 27th, 2011
9:13 am

Don is a disgrace to black men, i use to respect him, not anymore.

mitzymy

May 27th, 2011
9:28 am

I still love Don. I tune in to CNN on the weekends to see him. He is a true professional and I don’t know why he had to come out of the closet and tell everyone that he is gay. It makes no difference, because where he is in his career is where a lot of people wish they were. He is respectful and courteous to everyone. Why did he leave ATL and go to California? I heard someone say the other day that”How many gay people will God have to make so that people will realize that He makes No Mistakes.”

Samantha

May 27th, 2011
9:59 am

Amen and well said CJ!
Speak the truth. NOBODY IS BORN GAY!!! That’s a lie straight from hell! I have had 2 gay male friends and they both died from AIDS. That’s really sad. I do have respect for Mr. Lemon because at least he came out with it instead of hiding it. If a person want to change (be it homosexuality, adultery, doing drugs) or what ever sin they can. God can deliver everyone from any thing! Gods’ word stands and it is the truth. For those of you who don’t think it’s a sin to be gay…re the bible for what it REALLY says…read the book of Romans.

Raymond

May 27th, 2011
10:04 am

mitzymy You are so confused! GOD did NOT make gay people! NOBODY is born that way…He does NOT make mistakes. Correction he did create the people, however they CHOSE to be GAY..NOT GOD…Don’t believe the hype! The devil is STILL a liar!

Mel

May 27th, 2011
10:10 am

There are some truly ignorant statements being posted on this board.

If any of you who are condemning or judging Mr. Lemon for his sexual orientation can tell me when exactly it was that you “chose” to be straight, then I’ll listen. I knew I was straight when I was 4 – years before I even knew what sexual orientation was or even what sex was. So none of you can convince me it’s a choice. I find it awfully hypocritical that the most judgment comes from “Christians”.

Sandra Rose

May 27th, 2011
10:10 am

I have never commented in this forum before, but I had to say this: Jennifer Brett, who are you kidding? You know good and well that Atlanta is the most tolerant city in America (next to San Francisco) for gays! When are we going to stop celebrating gay people for their cowardly behavior? I am a lesbian who has never been in the closet, even as a teen. Living and being ME was more important than what people thought of me. Don Lemon is a cowardly, self-aggrandizing, egocentric narcissist who only came out of the closet to sell his book. Can we see some journalistic integrity in this column?

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