Robin Roberts, anchor of ABC’s morning show “Good Morning America,” has come out as gay in an end-of-the-year post on her Facebook page.
Roberts’ sexuality had been known to her family, friends and co-workers for some time, but her mention of longtime girl friend Amber Laign was her first public acknowledgement.
“I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together,” she wrote in the post, which was a thank-you for those who had supported her following her bone marrow transplant last year.
Roberts was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and took a leave from “GMA” to undergo the transplant in October of 2012. She returned to the show in February 20, 2013.
Be the Match Registry, a nonprofit organization run by the National Marrow Donor Program, said that it experienced a huge spike in donors the day Roberts went public with her illness.
CNN newscaster Anderson Cooper came out in a Q&A with Andrew Sullivan in July of 2012. And former “GMA” weatherman Sam Champion last year announced his plans to marry his boyfriend Rubem Robierb.