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Are_grits_groceries

(17,111 posts)
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 07:17 PM Dec 2013

Robin Roberts reveals she is gay in thank-you note to GMA fans

'Good Morning America' co-host, Robin Roberts, thanked her loved ones and her 'long-time girlfriend,' Amber Laign, for their support during her year of breast cancer-related treatment in touching Facebook message.

In a touching pre-New Year's message, "Good Morning America" co-host and cancer survivor Robin Roberts gratefully thanked her loved ones for a milestone year of health, among them she mentioned her longtime girlfriend.

It was the first time the popular ABC News morning show host had publicly acknowledged that she is a lesbian.
<snip>Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/robin-roberts-reveals-gay-note-gma-fans-article-1.1560929#ixzz2ouODTXIZ

This is huge!
Robin is one of the best liked and most respected people on tv. This goes from her GMA audience to those who watched her for years on ESPN.
When Robin first anchored SportsCenter on ESPN, there were many complaints. In the next week or two it changed completely. Viewers began asking for her.
I wish her nothing but the best!

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Robin Roberts reveals she is gay in thank-you note to GMA fans (Original Post) Are_grits_groceries Dec 2013 OP
LOL! We posted this at the same time. Race you... nolabear Dec 2013 #1
Good for her! Agschmid Dec 2013 #2
"When Robin first anchored SportsCenter on ESPN, there were many complaints." Number23 Dec 2013 #3
Guess. Are_grits_groceries Dec 2013 #6
I honestly doubt her race was much of a factor dsc Dec 2013 #13
I've noticed when women come off with too much "androgyny" ... MrMickeysMom Dec 2013 #20
But didn't we all know that? I really didn't know it was a secret. I have admired her all along. kelliekat44 Dec 2013 #4
Me, too. I thought she went public quite awhile ago. WillowTree Dec 2013 #7
It was believed but never confirmed. Are_grits_groceries Dec 2013 #9
Cool! Egnever Dec 2013 #5
Good for her! one_voice Dec 2013 #8
i believe she has been openly gay for a while now JI7 Dec 2013 #10
No she hasn't. Are_grits_groceries Dec 2013 #11
Yes, she has. merrily Dec 2013 #17
Good for her!! X_Digger Dec 2013 #12
That has to be one of the least surprising coming out statements ever Pretzel_Warrior Dec 2013 #14
Still, you would be surprised at who prefers not to notice unless and until merrily Dec 2013 #18
Oh definitely. That's why so many were cagey about things for so long Pretzel_Warrior Dec 2013 #25
Still can. merrily Dec 2013 #26
K&R DeSwiss Dec 2013 #15
Nothing personal against Robin .. but anyone with a little gaydar had her pegged long ago. YOHABLO Dec 2013 #16
Yes, but not everyone has "gaydar." Please see Reply 18. merrily Dec 2013 #19
I look forward to TBF Dec 2013 #21
Next, Someone Will Post: The Sun Rises in the East! mckara Dec 2013 #22
Duh? Robin is gay LauraGrg Dec 2013 #23
Wishing her the best of health (nt) question everything Dec 2013 #24
It's embarrassing what passes for news. KentuckyWoman Dec 2013 #27
That is great. I'm glad she has love in her life. liberal_at_heart Dec 2013 #28

Are_grits_groceries

(17,111 posts)
6. Guess.
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 07:27 PM
Dec 2013

First she was a woman. That creates an immediate neanderthal response.
Secondly she is African-American. That was greeted by the usual racist jackasses.

However, after her first week or two, those who watched realized she was a very good anchor. In addition, she has a very warm personality. Robin is perceived as a truly genuine person. She could also convey humor, straight up knowledge, gravitas or whatever was needed for a story.

The true assholes never stopped. However, that's true across the board if you read comments or responses to tweets. They are beyond vile.

dsc

(52,265 posts)
13. I honestly doubt her race was much of a factor
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 08:14 PM
Dec 2013

there have been black commentators on sports programs for a fairly long time. Gender on the other hand, that had much to do with it.

MrMickeysMom

(20,453 posts)
20. I've noticed when women come off with too much "androgyny" ...
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 09:56 PM
Dec 2013

It doesn't matter where (mostly sports, though)… the knuckles … they start to drag gin….

WillowTree

(5,325 posts)
7. Me, too. I thought she went public quite awhile ago.
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 07:28 PM
Dec 2013

Regardless, I'm glad that she seems to be doing so well again.

Are_grits_groceries

(17,111 posts)
9. It was believed but never confirmed.
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 07:29 PM
Dec 2013

I have watched her for many years and there was never any verification. She and those close to her were very protective of her privacy. There were rumors, but openly acknowledging it is a big step.

one_voice

(20,043 posts)
8. Good for her!
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 07:29 PM
Dec 2013

She's shown so much courage in her life this should come as no surprise (not that gay part the courage to come out publicly). She's a very brave woman and has been through so much she should be happy and not hide who she is.

Kudos to you Robin, be happy and healthy with who you are!

Are_grits_groceries

(17,111 posts)
11. No she hasn't.
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 07:32 PM
Dec 2013

This was the first time she openly acknowledged it. It has been rumored for years, but never confirmed by her until now.

merrily

(45,251 posts)
17. Yes, she has.
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 09:50 PM
Dec 2013

You are conflating making a public announcement of some kind with living openly, as opposed to living closeted.

Robin did the same as Rosie O'Donnell did before her announcement.

Both of them lived openly with their life partners. Everyone who knew them personally knew they were gay and also who their life partner was.

It's just that neither of them made a public announcement. People live openly as heterosexuals without making an announcement.

X_Digger

(18,585 posts)
12. Good for her!!
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 07:33 PM
Dec 2013

I hadn't heard the name; googled her photo, still don't recognize her. (I don't do sports or morning shows.)

 

Pretzel_Warrior

(8,361 posts)
14. That has to be one of the least surprising coming out statements ever
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 08:16 PM
Dec 2013

Right up there with Brian Boitano and Clay Aiken.

merrily

(45,251 posts)
18. Still, you would be surprised at who prefers not to notice unless and until
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 09:55 PM
Dec 2013

an announcement is made.

So, the announcement does mean something, especially to younger people contemplating suicide.

And, it can cost people in show business and sports fans, maybe even careers. Not in every case, but, if I were a NASCAR driver, I might think a hundred times before coming out.

So, it's not a yawn. I give every one of them credit.



 

Pretzel_Warrior

(8,361 posts)
25. Oh definitely. That's why so many were cagey about things for so long
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 11:30 PM
Dec 2013

Because in times past they could lose jobs, endorsements, etc. by announcing it.

merrily

(45,251 posts)
26. Still can.
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 11:34 PM
Dec 2013

Though they may not necessarily be as obvious about it.

For example, JC Penney defended it's ads featuring Ellen DeGeneres. But, they soon dwindled to almost nothing after all the religious right complaints, then disappeared entirely.

And losing fans, which means losing ticket sales or TV ratings, both of which lead to losing jobs and other things, still very much happens.

LauraGrg

(1 post)
23. Duh? Robin is gay
Sun Dec 29, 2013, 10:28 PM
Dec 2013

What does it matter? She is a lovely, talented, brave person. Her character is exemplary and that is what matters.

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