Don Lemon shares thoughts about being gay and black


Speaking on Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk o that all of black people carry the genetic memory of slavery, they feel the pain of their ancestors who were treated worse than cattle just because of the color of their skin. And if they are gay…. Being different among the rest is complicated, being different among the different is a tragedy. Lemon, who came out publicly in 2011, explained to hosts—Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow and mother Adrienne, saying that many of gay black people prefer to hide their sexuality as they are already discriminated against and they don’t want to put another label on themselves which would turn them into a target in the eyes of society, even and especially wi9thin the black community, not only outside of it. So, there will be much less people who would treat you normally if you reveal your sexuality. “You get [discrimination] from your own folks or from the larger community,” Lemon told the hosts. “And you’re worried about your job, will you be able to advance? And you get it from your sisters, who are like: ‘Why not me?’”


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