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Don Lemon: Robin Roberts Shows Why ‘It’s Still Important to Come Out’

CNN’s Don Lemon ended OutFront on Monday night by talking about Robin Roberts coming out and why it’s important for other famous people to publicly come out too. Lemon said, “Do people really need to do it anymore? The answer is yes.”

He spoke of his own struggles coming out to people close to him, and then coming out publicly years later, saying he was fearful at how the news would be received by viewers and others. Lemon said he was “afraid of people like Phil Robertson who claim to love everyone while simultaneously thinking that everyone’s love is unequal.”

Lemon expressed hope that in Roberts’ case, “empowerment will quickly replace fear,” and concluded that if people like Robertson have their rights and those rights should be celebrated, then openly gay anchors like Lemon and Roberts “should be celebrated as well,” and “that’s why it’s still important to come out and say, very simply, ‘I’m gay.'”

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