Great Moments in Black LGBT History

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  • Meshell Ndegeochello
  • James Baldwin
  • Don Lemon
  • Bayard Rustin
  • Audre Lorde/Angela Davis
  • Frank Ocean
  • Rave Symoné
  • Claude McKay/Langston Hughes/Bessie Smith/Wallace Thurman
  • Dorian Corey/Pepper Labieja
  • Frank Ocean, Raven-Symoné
  • Jason Collins
  • Sylvester James, Jr./RuPaul

Don Lemon Comes Out After 45 Years

Proving that coming out is no easy task, a now 47-year-old Don Lemon came out publicly in 2011.  In an interview with The New York Times, Lemon 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.”  Lemon also stated that he would possibly have come out sooner if he had more gay mentors in his life, “I think if I had seen more people like me who are out and proud, it wouldn’t have taken me 45 years to say it.”

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