CNN weekend anchor Don Lemon is many things: A 45-year-old African-American native of Baton Rouge, La., he was raised Southern Baptist, attended Catholic schools and graduated from Brooklyn College in New York, and subsequently prospered in the competitive world of television news.
One more facet of his life that he reveals publicly for the first time today: He is gay.
"Do I want to be 'the gay anchor'?" Lemon said.
He said his mentors and agents challenged him to consider whether he was willing to wear that label throughout his career.