HomeTVABCGMA’s Robin Roberts Officially Comes Out on Facebook Jillian Bowe December 30, 2013 30 Comments Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts has publicly revealed her sexual orientation via Facebook. in a post looking back at the health issues she's battled, Roberts thanked her girlfriend, Amber (whose surname is reportedly Laign). Roberts stated: Photo by PR Photos 30 Responses nysam December 30, 2013 FINALLY!! And in other news, the sky is blue. Log in to Reply bc1954 December 30, 2013 Love that dress!! She looks beautiful…as always! Log in to Reply heatherwebber10010 December 30, 2013 I must be living under a rock then. I’ve lived in NYC since 1975 and I had no idea or inkling that Robin was a gay. Congratulations! This is great news. Log in to Reply nysam December 30, 2013 @heatherwebber10010…I love you Heather, but with all your time in mental institutions, breaking out of them and being buried alive you can’t be expected to know what is going on. Robin is a woman in her mid 50s who has never ever married and has never been linked with anyone. She has been with her partner for over a decade and is always seen in the Hamptons and the Pines of Fire Island with her. Robin used to work at ESPN for years as a sport’s reporter and was really into women’s basketball. It all adds up. I have a feeling GMA didn’t want her out at the same time as Sam, but now that he is gone I guess it was okay. Not to mention Robin just signed a new contract a couple weeks back that probably has given her even more financial security. After being closeted her entire adult life it must be refreshing for her to come out at 54. Wish she would have come out sooner so that she could have been a role model and provided some hope for LGBT youth especially over the past few years with so much bullying of gay youth and suicides. Log in to Reply MysteryStory December 30, 2013 [quote=nysam] After being closeted her entire adult life it must be refreshing for her to come out at 54. Wish she would have come out sooner so that she could have been a role model and provided some hope for LGBT youth especially over the past few years with so much bullying of gay youth and suicides.[/quote] I don’t think she should have because, I believe, she would have been able to make the impact she has been able to. Her career may have been stunted by her being openly gay. However, she’s been able to build her career by being “Ribin Roberts” not ” you know, Robin Roberts, the gay one”. Log in to Reply AZLiam December 30, 2013 I absolutely love Robin! She just seems so genuine. She strikes me as the type of individual who wants to be known for her accomplishments and not her sexuality. As a gay man myself, I admire that. Log in to Reply nysam December 30, 2013 @MysteryStory & AZLiam….Roberts isn’t defined by being a female and by her race so why would she be defined by her sexuality? Minority rights move forward with visibility and minorities have responsibilities to each other to help one another. Women rights wouldn’t be where they are today without the women’s movement. The Jewish community wouldn’t have the strength they have if they didn’t come together and have a voice. It’s sad that she felt the need to stay closeted until age 54 living in NYC, making millions and it being 2013. When anyone comes out it is admirable, but the LGBT people that really impress me are the ones who come out earlier when it isn’t as easy. Many of my friends have been out since their teens and early 20s. It certainly wasn’t easy for them but living their true life openly and being happy important to them. Log in to Reply heatherwebber10010 December 30, 2013 [quote=nysam]I have a feeling GMA didn’t want her out at the same time as Sam, but now that he is gone I guess it was okay.[/quote] @nysam – That was my first thought exactly!! We couldn’t possibly have a morning show hosted by a bunch of “queers”! The religious right would have gone crazy with that. I never saw Robin in the Pines or possibly I just didn’t recognize her. I wonder if Sam will keep his place in NYC and his boat “The Champion” out on Fire Island? I can’t imagine what else he would do with it? I don’t think there’s anyplace in Atlanta for it. My bet is that he will still live in NYC and just commute to Atlanta for work. I feel like I’ve watched him forever on channel 7! Log in to Reply AZLiam December 30, 2013 NYSam…What is so sad about it? It was never mentioned that she DIDN’T come out earlier in life. It’s just that she didn’t come out to millions of people onscreen. I’m sure her life hasn’t been an easy road either, just like mine, just like others. It’s her right to live her life the way she chooses and yet she has still managed to be a great role model. What strikes me as hypocritical is how some in the LGBT community (and I’m gay) demand instant acceptance from others in the way people choose to live their lives, yet are very critical of others and their paths in life if they do not match up to the LGBT standards and beliefs. Log in to Reply SoapArmageddon December 30, 2013 Why is it that when someone comes out, commenters find it impossible to say something along the lines of “Congratulations! Now said individual can live a life in which he or she is being true to him or herself.”? Why must we get such bullshit pontificating? Log in to Reply heatherwebber10010 December 30, 2013 ESPN as a sports reporter for women’s basketball!!!! How could I have not seen that!!! AAAARRRRGHHH!! Log in to Reply Yoryla December 30, 2013 Wow, good for her. I also had no idea she was gay. Btw, heatherwebber, don’t say “a gay”, that sounds pretty silly and ignorant and makes you sound like someone who doesn’t know what the word means, just say “she is gay”. Also, don’t talk about how “you should have known” because she follows women’s basketball. That’s just stupid and prejudiced. My God, some of these comments are just ridiculous. Do you people not think before you write? LOL! Log in to Reply heatherwebber10010 December 30, 2013 @Yoryla You sound silly and ignorant in your pseudo political correctness. I don’t write my comments for your critiques so keep your opinions to yourself. My comments are said with complete tounge in cheek humor and that’s it. I live in NYC and have so many gay friends that I know what’s truly offensive and what’s not. Many of them say different things including “a gay”. As I said Yoryla, I don’t come on here for your critiques so if you don’t like what others write, either don’t read it or keep your mouth shut because your comments come off as just arrogant. You should think before you write because you just sound like some hillbilly in the sticks. Oh and Yoryla, make sure you stay away from Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers! Your delicate PC ears will be sooooooo offended! Log in to Reply SoapSnob December 30, 2013 It has been exhausting reading the “Robin Roberts Officially/Finally Comes Out” articles on line this morning. Robin did not come out. In order to come out, you have to have been in. In our age of celebrity-watching, Robin has never discussed her boyfriend with the masses or commented on her personal life. Nor have we seen pictures of her on dates with men. In her Facebook post, Robin simply did what many human beings in her situation, having survived a life-threatening illness, have done – she thanked her supportive partner/spouse. Period. Our world must stop making spectacle where there is none. Yes, I understand those who believe that Robin is a celebrity and it is/was her responsibility to proclaim her sexuality to make it easier for the gay community. That is NOT Robin’s responsibility; or any gay person’s – unless they so choose that path. To thine own self be true. I am happy that Robin is well and that she has a supportive network of family, friends, colleagues as well as a loving, supportive partner. Log in to Reply nysam December 30, 2013 I didn’t mean to start an argument. Just saying that it was sad that Robin lived the majority of her life closeted and looking over her shoulder. @Soapsnob…Robin wasn’t certainly “in”. Yes, many of us on the inside of the entertainment industry knew, but the majority of the GMA audience did not. For years Robin sat on the GMA set while Charlie could talk about his wife, Arlene and their daughters. Diana could talk about her husband, Mike and was photographed at events. George talks about his wife and daughters. Lara talks about her husband and kids. Even Josh talks about his daughter (from an ex). Didn’t you ever find it odd that Robin always talked about her mother? The only access she ever gave to her life was her mother and siblings. Were we supposed to think that an attractive, successful 40 something year old woman had no life partner? If all the straight GMA reporters were allowed to share their personal lives with partners why didn’t Robin? (Sam didn’t either until he came out). Obviously she wasn’t comfortable, possibly even felt shame. Nobody should be made to feel shame when they have love in their life. Robin battled cancer twice over the past 5 years and GMA, ABC News, The View, numerous magazines all covered her courageous battle. You saw her at the hospital, in her home, with her dog, her sisters, her work colleagues, but one person was absent from the story and that was her life partner who she has been with for over 8 years. When Amy Robach was recently diagnosed with breast cancer, Andrew Schue was immediately part of the story on GMA, in People Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, etc. Robin’s love, Amber was made invisible. So please don’t suggest Robin was never “in”. If you have to go through life not living openly and hiding your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend from anyone then you certainly aren’t “out”. Heterosexuals never have to think about not mentioning that they are married or are dating someone. Log in to Reply heatherwebber10010 December 30, 2013 [quote=nysam]I didn’t mean to start an argument.[/quote] I understood exactly where you were coming from and share your sentiments on the subject as well. Life as a gay person in New York or LA is very different than other places. Though I assumed that everyone knew Sam was gay, my grandparents had no clue. The same with Sue Simmons. I called my sister, who is gay and played girls basketball in high school, and told her about Robin Roberts and she said SHE had known that for years. It’s strange what public perception is outside of certain industries and cities. Log in to Reply nysam December 30, 2013 Thanks Heather Webber! I hope the new year treats you well now that you climbed out of that grave Log in to Reply SoapSnob December 30, 2013 nysam, I still profess that Robin was never in. While her colleagues chose to discuss their partners/spouses in discussing their personal lives, that was THEIR CHOICE. Robin chose not to discuss her partner; instead she focused on her mother/family and that was certainly her right. By all accounts, all Robin’s colleagues knew/know that she has a partner; and Robin has not been shy about having her partner with her in her personal world – if not her “celebrity-friendly, the public must know every aspect of my life” world. Why can’t Robin simply be a human being whose personal life was exactly that – hers and personal? Why do we have to believe that because Robin is “finally sharing her sexuality/that she has a partner” with us (SIGH) that when she had not shared, it is because she was not comfortable or ashamed? Why must we assume what anyone else is thinking or their motivations for what they do when they do it? Over the last several years, I have followed Robin’s journey and watched, read online and heard the outpouring of love and sympathy for a woman by many who cared for her simply because of the class and grace she exhibited during what can only be described as a very difficult time for her. I applaud her for publicly acknowledging her partner; something she did not have to do because it is no one’s business but her own. But it is also disheartening to see so many people write ugly things about her or turn their backs to her because of what she has shared. But Robin will continue to be the greater presence having shown the strength and again, class and grace, that can only come from someone who know themselves well. Again… To Thine OWN Self Be True. Log in to Reply californiaguy888 December 30, 2013 I believe she wrote a heartfelt, thankful, joyous message. Good for her. Gay Morning America! Log in to Reply AZLiam December 30, 2013 Soapsnob, I completely agree. Not everyone choses to be out and proud with their personal details of their lives. Frankly, I get quite tired of strangers always asking me about my BF or if I have one. I think half the time, they do it because it makes them feel better, makes them look better, and makes them feel more PC. Quite honestly, I don’t feel like talking about my BF all the time and my friends know this. That would probably have been the case had I been straight and had a GF or wife as well. I understand what NYSam is saying, but I do not agree that everyone walks through life wanting to display their relationships that way. Sometimes, the partners want to be kept out of the limelight as well. Log in to Reply rabbit on the moon December 31, 2013 [quote=SoapArmageddon]Why is it that when someone comes out, commenters find it impossible to say something along the lines of “Congratulations! Now said individual can live a life in which he or she is being true to him or herself.”? Why must we get such bullshit pontificating?[/quote] Exactly. On top of that, I find it annoying when a celebrity comes out and someone just has to make comments like, “Duh!” or “In other news, the pope is Catholic”. They did it to Ricky Martin too. We still live in an era where people are ostracized (or even worse) for being gay. So it’s not always easy to be open and honest about who you are. And it doesn’t help matters when people want to make stupid “Oh, we already knew.” jokes. Who the hell cares if you already knew. It’s not about you. It’s about that person being true to themselves. Fortunately, most of my friends I came out to were great. But if any of them said this mess to me, I guarantee you I’d no longer call them a friend. Log in to Reply nysam December 31, 2013 I’m not going to beat a dead horse or in the case closet cases with you all. This will be my last post on the topic. In a world where celebrity news in magazines, blogs and on TV tells us about Kim Kardashian’s weight gain, Jennifer Aniston’s new hairstyle, SJP’s twins, every detail about Kate’s pregnancy and delivery, Stewart & Pattison’s breakups, Miley is with Kellan, Bieber is/isn’t with Selena I see nothing wrong with discussing Robin and her partner. Robin is a public figure/celeb. Her coming out is more important “news” than any of what I referenced above. She finally feels comfortable in telling the world after a decade of being with Amber. This is great. Heterosexual people do not have to hide to anyone (whether it be work,friends, new clients) that they are in love. Robin not being out was tied to fear…whether it be work related, her family or society. I’m glad she is no longer afraid. Heterosexual celebs discuss who they are dating or who they are married to all the time. They are photographed with their children as well. Gay celebs should be treated the same way. It is called equality. Whenever gay celebs come out so many people say why do we have to know this? WHY????? Why do we have to know about Angelina & Brad? Why do I have to know Theresa Castillo is pregnant? Which means she had sex with a man. So it is okay to know everything about heterosexual celebs but not homosexual ones? @rabbit on the moon…the reason so many people make the comments they do about Ricky Martin, Lance Bass, Clay Aiken, Anderson Cooper, Queen Latifah, John Travolta is because it is laughable the length of time that these people were or are in the “glass” closet in this day and age. They go to gay events, date people who spill all the deets. They deny it over and over basically suggesting that there is something wrong with being gay. Many of in the LGBT community have little patience for the closet cases. Closeted gays aren’t visible in helping present a positive image to the world when LGBT rights are being fought for, but when they come out are instantly applauded for their bravery and often make millions on a book deal about their lives. The LGBT people who should be celebrated are those that come out in their teens and early 20s who put being true to who they are (which is more important, healthy and admiral)before the almighty dollar. Happy 2014 everyone! Here’s to Tom Cruise or at least Ian Buchanan, Tony Geary or William DeVry coming out this year. Log in to Reply rabbit on the moon December 31, 2013 [quote=nysam]@rabbit on the moon…the reason so many people make the comments they do about Ricky Martin, Lance Bass, Clay Aiken, Anderson Cooper, Queen Latifah, John Travolta is because it is laughable the length of time that these people were or are in the “glass” closet in this day and age. They go to gay events, date people who spill all the deets. They deny it over and over basically suggesting that there is something wrong with being gay. Many of in the LGBT community have little patience for the closet cases. Closeted gays aren’t visible in helping present a positive image to the world when LGBT rights are being fought for, but when they come out are instantly applauded for their bravery and often make millions on a book deal about their lives. The LGBT people who should be celebrated are those that come out in their teens and early 20s who put being true to who they are (which is more important, healthy and admiral)before the almighty dollar.[/quote] Where’s your proof that any of those individuals denied being gay? Because from what I remember, at least Ricky Martin and Queen Latifah both stated it was no one’s business. That’s not the same thing as denying. And why get mad at them for making a living? If it’s such a big deal, how about criticizing the individuals who put the money in their pockets? Log in to Reply heatherwebber10010 December 31, 2013 Let’s keep the focus on what’s really important here; do you think Robin is the man or the woman? Log in to Reply nysam December 31, 2013 @heatherwebber10010…you are deliciously evil like your namesake. I have seen Robin and Amber together several times. If they were role playing Robin would be Sonny. Amber would be Brenda, Lily, Sam, Carly, Alexis, Connie, Emily, Olivia. I’m sure we are going to get blasted for this, but oh well. Log in to Reply Yoryla December 31, 2013 nysam – A few things about your earlier post. Firstly, not all heterosexuals spill or “don’t hide” everything about their personal lives either. They might be single because they aren’t interesting to anyone, also they might not want for the world to know who their dating for whatever reason. So heterosexuals sometimes hide their personal lives aswell. Secondly, it is not a gay person’s responsibility to help spread positive image to the world about being gay. If they do do it, then good for them. But it is not a responsibility. Every person has a right to decide for themselves which parts of themselves they want to represent and speak for. And the third thing, someone denying they’re gay does not equal them thinking there is something wrong with it. It means it’s none of anybody’s business… Log in to Reply nysam December 31, 2013 Yoryla, I respect your opinion and enjoy your posts on the soaps. We are often in agreement. On this topic we agree to disagree, but as a gay myself and having manyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy friends who are I think I’m well educated on LGBT issues. Heterosexuals might hide an aspect of their personal life, but they are never made to feel that they have to. I have never heard of a straight person being called a name because he/she is married or even worse being beaten or killed. In the work place it is standard for people to have photos of spouses or people they are dating on their desks. This is normal. For many LGBT people in parts of this country they don’t have the comfort level of having a simple photo of their loved on their desk for fear of comments or discrimination. Before coming out we were all afraid of how our parents, friends, co-workers would think of us. This fear is what keeps LGBT people in the closet. We (like all people) want to be accepted and liked. Years of being in the closet often causes self esteem issues. How could it not? If heterosexual people grew up in a world where they didn’t see happy/healthy images of love, didn’t start dating till about 10 years after everyone else on average does and didn’t have societal acceptance for their relationships (marriage is illegal, couldn’t serve in the military, could be fired for being straight)I imagine heterosexual people would be scared to express who they are as well. You can read numerous publications on being in the closet and what it does to one’s mental health. Sad, but true. Many of the stories don’t have happy endings like Robin’s or our favorite soap couples. Log in to Reply Yoryla December 31, 2013 nysam, Thank you for that. I also respect and appreciate your posts regarding soaps. This issue is just something that I have noticed, is easy to cause turmoil, as are other more personal issues that come into discussion here. What I was basically saying is that not all things can be assumed. In reality we have no insight inside Robin Robert’s head, why she does what she does and what her thoughts are, except for what she tells us. And another point I was making is that it’s important to try to see the forest beyond the trees, every person whether straight or gay, has their individual problems and nobody’s happiness is guaranteed. Heterosexuals have aplenty of problems, problems which homosexuals may or may not have. To many, living the “traditionally coveted” life of having a heterosexual marriage, children, and a good-paying job can have the most long-term consequences for mental health. But, we don’t have to talk this to death, so Happy New Year. Log in to Reply rabbit on the moon January 1, 2014 [quote=Yoryla]Secondly, it is not a gay person’s responsibility to help spread positive image to the world about being gay. If they do do it, then good for them. But it is not a responsibility. Every person has a right to decide for themselves which parts of themselves they want to represent and speak for.[/quote] Someone here who actually makes sense. Log in to Reply heatherwebber10010 January 1, 2014 Yoryla is obviously a republican. The best is “it” (Yoryla) feels like it “needs” to come on here and critique and debate others opinions which just goes to show you the narcissism running in “it’s” veins. I just love how “it” starts with, “A few things about your post”. @Yoryla – you really need to think before you post. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply You must be logged in to post a comment.