Good Morning America anchorwoman Robin Roberts made headlines over the weekend after she acknowledged her longtime girlfriend in a special Facebook post.
Roberts had not previously confirmed or denied that she is a member of the LGBT community.
She has been in a relationship with Amber Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area, for the last 10 years.
First lady Michelle Obama, a supporter of gays rights, tweeted her support for Roberts today:
@RobinRoberts, I am so happy for you and Amber! You continue to make us all proud. -mo
CNN anchor Don Lemon also added on Monday night during his show Outfront why it’s still important for celebrities to still come out.
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 [ Duck Dynasty’s] 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.’”