CNN anchor Don Lemon and Today Show
co-host Ann Curry will be the keynote speakers at an upcoming gay
The National Lesbian & Gay
Journalist Association's (NLGJA) 2011 national convention will take
place at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in downtown Philadelphia on
“We are very pleased that both of
these exceptional journalists will be sharing their experiences to
help NLGJA work towards fairness, accuracy and diversity in news
coverage,” said NLGJA National President David Steinberg in a
Lemon came out gay during a May
interview with The New York Times, becoming the third
high-profile openly gay news personality behind MSNBC's Thomas
Roberts and Rachel Maddow.
He talks about his experience as a gay man working in television
news in his 264-page memoir Transparent.
The 45-year-old anchor has said the
response to his announcement has been “99.9 percent” positive.
“I'm lighter and freer,” he told
the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It makes me better on
air. I'm not trying to hide anything.”
In May, Curry was chosen to succeed
retiring Meredith Vieira to serve as Matt Lauer's co-host on NBC's