Posts Tagged ‘Eddie Long’

CNN anchor Don Lemon on The Gayle King Show

Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

CNN anchor Don Lemon, who recently publicly announced he is gay was on the Gayle King Show today to chat about his new book, “Transparent” and why he decided to go public about being gay. Lemon told Gayle that his intention was not necessarily to “come out”, but just to be honest about who he was and that involved talking about being gay. Lemon also mentioned that he had not actually been “in the closet” because his close friends, family and co-workers knew he was gay.

My intention is not to get into a debate about what it means to be gay; whether it means he is going to burn in hell for his “sinful ways” (being gay) or whether people should understand that being gay is not a choice and gay people deserve the same love and respect as their heterosexual counterparts. What stood out to me was how open Don Lemon was about being homosexual and how he even mentioned that he had dated women and still found some women attractive.

What I find commendable is that Don Lemon is being open about his homosexuality instead of indulging in the common “down low” lifestyle where a man who is homosexual engages in a heterosexual relationship and then secretly has homosexual encounters. Being open about being homosexual takes a lot of courage especially for public figures such as Don Lemon, who himself said he was somewhat afraid of what “coming out” publicly would do to his career.

Regardless of what our religious convictions dictate we should feel about homosexuals, I still think that we can all appreciate that Mr. Lemon has displayed a level of integrity that even some religious leaders failed to attain. We may never know for sure what happened between Eddie Long and his accusers or why Creflo Dollar felt the need to come to his defense but what I know is Mr. Lemon was open, honest and forthright and that’s more than what can be said about “some religious leaders”.

What Weiner, Schwarzenegger and Eddie Long have in common-Marriage!

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

At a glance, it seems that Eddie Long, Anthony Weiner and Arnold Schwarzenegger really only have one thing in common; they are public figures who were publicly disgraced for their alleged and in two of the cases, admitted inappropriate sexual behavior. What has been on my mind every single time one of these stories has flooded all the media outlets is their wives. All these men are married and as such, have not only publicly humiliated their wives but have possibly exposed them to deadly sexually transmitted diseases.

The department of health in Massachusetts recently announced that HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for African-American women in the state; most of whom became infected by their intimate partners. I bring this up to bring attention to an area of these sensational stories that most media outlets don’t seem to be interested in talking about. Women, especially black women are being infected with deadly diseases at an alarming rate and the people who are infecting them are their husbands and partners.

While the news reports talk about whether Eddie Long should step down from the pulpit or whether or not Anthony Weiner should resign from public office, no mention is made of what they have exposed their wives to. It’s time for us to shift the focus on all these stories! Yes, these men have an obligation to their congregations or constituents but what about the vows that they made to love and protect their wives? It’s time for us to stop asking if they “used public (fill in the blank)” during the course of their affairs and ask if they used “protection” because failure to do so not only put their lives in danger but it put the lives of their wives in danger as well.