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