Updated: 04/21/2017 07:46 PM | First Published: 02/19/2017 06:15 PM

Don Lemon came out as gay in his 2011 memoir 'Transparent'

Don Lemon in a blue suit

Don Lemon discussed his childhood struggles and discrimination in his critically acclaimed memoir, Transparent. The autobiography speaks itself, how hard times he went through for being a Black-American throughout his childhood days. More, he has candidly spoken about his sexual orientation in the autobiography.

While discussing it, Lemon said in an interview on The Joy Behar Show that, “I think it’s just important to live your own truth, in your own being, in your own life.”

Lemon was afraid that he’d get shunned by people after coming out. He said that he was particularly concerned about what the reaction in the black community would be. Lemon got so nervous and scared that he thought of not mentioning it in the book but his courage changed his mind.

"I think it would be great if everybody could be out," he told the Times, "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, to walk in the truth." says the 50 years old author as he inspires the people to believe in themselves and be proud of who they are.

CNN anchor Don Lemon smiling for the camera

One of the richest African-American anchors, Don Lemon has become a popular figure. Though his sexuality was known within his close family and friends decades before, he was 47 years old when he revealed it to the world.

'Transparent' chronicles Don's early life struggles too

In addition to revealing his sexual orientation, Don has also documented his childhood struggles and pitfalls, he has overcome just because of belonging to black ethnicity. From being bullied by his school friends to physical abuse at the young age, and mental trauma he faced till later years, he has shared about it all in his book.

He has even claimed about his homophobia, during his early days. Now, he is proud of who he is and time and again he raises issues being faced by the LGBT community.

Lemon is presently rumored to be dating choreographer and creative director, John Byrne. Prior to this, Lemon was linked with CNN producer, Ben Tinker.