CNN's Don Lemon appeared on his network yesterday afternoon for the first television interview after coming out in the New York Times. Lemon discussed his new memoir Transparent, as well as race, sexuality and the childhood sexual abuse that he suffered.
"Some people will try to equate being gay with being abused. The two couldn't be further apart because most abusers are heterosexual and they choose children from the opposite sex," said the anchor. "So those two are not connected. They just happened to be the road that I traveled."
Lemon adds: "If I'm going to be a journalist and ask people to tell me the truth—and to try to expose the truth—then I need to be truthful about who I am. If there are people like me—and I'm nervous about it—who choose to live their life openly and not have to lie ... If that had happened for me when I was young, there wouldn't be people like Tyler Clementi."
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