"The CNN Tonight journalist, who came out publicly in 2011, appeared on Monday’s show with Smith, explaining at the top of the program that the list of out, gay black men for potential guests was limited. Lemon offered an explanation why “historically, black men have stayed in the closet.” “We were slaves. We were beaten and branded. So as black, gay men, we carry the racism part and we carry the gay part. We’re already a class of people who have been discriminated against, so why do I want to have another mark against me?” So black, gay men have to “decide your identity,” Lemon said. “Do I want to be black? Or do I want to be gay? Sometimes some of us say we’re too black to be gay. Or are we too gay to be black?”"