Don Lemon will talk to Mike Signorile about his new book Transparent, in which he describes his coming out process and other aspects of his life. Lemon is the first black anchor to come out of the closet, and while he’s feeling good about being who he is, he’s well aware of the challenges as someone in the public eye — and in a business where there’s some risk.

The Blend blogged about his news right after the NYT piece went live online the other day. He has since appeared on the Joy Behar Show, and is making the rounds for his tome, which drops on June 16 and is dedicated to Tyler Clementi:

My book is dedicated to the memory of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi, who jumped to his death from a bridge after his dorm mates streamed his private business over the Internet for the world to see. Tyler might still be with us today if more gay men and women had chosen to live proudly and openly. It is also dedicated to the millions of young, gay people who believe they are alone when dealing with their own sexual identities. You are not alone! There are people, like me and many others, who are thriving in their personal and professional lives and although we sometimes have a hard time with it ourselves, we are here to show you by example that you too can overcome any obstacle as long as you stay strong and, most of all, stay alive.”

I’ll join Mike in the 4:30 hour to discuss the interview with Don, and the impact his decision to come out publicly has on multiple levels.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding