The New York Times on Tuesday
argued that Robin Roberts' coming out is just the latest low-key
coming out among TV personalities.
The 53-year-old Roberts, a co-host of
ABC's Good Morning America, publicly acknowledged for the
first time that she is in a relationship with girlfriend Amber Laign.
In a Facebook post, Roberts looked back on her year of recovery from
a rare blood disorder and thanked Laign for standing by her side.
“Ms. Roberts's announcement,
accompanied by no other interviews or TV appearances (she did not
appear on Good Morning America
on Monday), follows several other coming-out pronouncements by TV
news personalities these past few years, some of whom did so on the
air, some in a public statement, but all in a way that treated the
news as almost casual occurrence, and no longer worthy of a Time
magazine cover,” the
As examples, the paper noted the coming
outs of MSNBC's Thomas
Roberts (2006), ABC's Sam
Champion (2012), NBC's Jenna
Wolfe (2013), CNN's Anderson
Cooper (2012) and ABC's Dan