CNN anchor Don Lemon used the occasion of Robin Roberts' coming out to remind viewers that coming out remains important.

On Sunday, 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.

“I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” Roberts wrote in a Facebook post.

“We have been talking a lot tonight about people coming out,” Lemon, who came out in 2011, told the network's OutFront audience. “Do people really need to do it anymore? The answer is yes.”

Lemon explained that keeping track of whom you've told and whom you've not told is “exhausting.”

“I can't speak for Robin Roberts, nor any of my recently out gay colleagues, I didn't do it sooner because I was afraid of losing my livelihood. I was afraid that you would no longer watch me. I was afraid of people like Phil Robertson, who claim to love everyone while simultaneously thinking that everyone's love isn't equal. The people who use religion and scripture to shield bigotry now toward gays and in the past toward women and African Americans.”

“Hopefully for Robin, like me, empowerment quickly replaced fear once I did come out.”

“That's why it's still important to come out and say very simply, 'I'm gay,'” Lemon added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)