GMA’s Robin Roberts on Coming Out: “I have never been happier or healthier”

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By: Krystle Crossman

Good Morning America host Robin Roberts has been through quite a bit in the last few years, going through treatment for a rare and potentially deadly blood disorder, but apparently she has not been doing it alone. She thanked her “longtime girlfriend” in a post on Facebook and then began talking about her on television. The 53 year old television host said that she really has never been happier than she is with her girlfriend.

Roberts has been with her girlfriend Amber for ten years now. She said that she is really grateful for the support that Amber had given her through the last year when she was really ill.

People Magazine says that Amber Laign is from San Francisco and is a licensed massage therapist. She and Robin met through mutual friends and have been together ever since. She has been a rock for Roberts over this past year especially and Robin is feeling better than ever thanks in large part to Amber.

Roberts beat [email protected] cancer in 2008 but the side effects from the treatment took a toll on her health. This was the reason that she developed the blood disorder. She continued to be a host on GMA all through her treatment but you would never know it. She vowed that she would beat the cancer and she did.

Once she learned about her blood disorder, myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) she began her search for a bone marrow donor. Her search ended with her sister who was a near perfect match. She continued to host the show for a while but then took a hiatus as the treatment was taking its toll on her. She recently returned to the show and is looking well.

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  1. It’s was not a shock to hear that Robin is gay. My thoughts are…what is so freeing and praise worthy that you go public with a perverted sex/lifestyle? Men with men and women with women. Why are we glorifying these sexual behaviors? I like Robin as a person, but I am not going to celebrate her sexual perversion and no one else for that matter. When are we going to speak up and say it’s wrong for women to have sex with women and men with men. Romans 16. We are debasing ourselves lower than animals…they do have sex with the same gender. We are to love the person not the sin.

    Brenda

    • Cindi who made “homophobia” part of your vocabulary?
      What you need to understand is that there are many black people who believe in God and the Bible and those teaching are that homosexuality is a sin.
      So when you ask to knock off the homophobia, you are asking people to move away from their faith.
      The two ideals are not compatible.
      Now you may feel the way you feel but you have to respect how others feel as well.
      Heck. if I like picking my nose and eating my boogers in a restaurant and someone doesn’t like it, can I call them boogerphobic as a means of embareassing them to accept what I’m doing?
      Don’t ask people of faith to accept what they view as sin. You’re not the one they are trying to please.

      • I respect their opinion, what I don’t respect is their “selective behaviors.” This is sin, but because they do x, y, or z is not a sin.

        No one has to please me, and vice versa, Jimmy.

  2. Im very happy for Robin and Amber.Im glad she is proud enough to express herfeelings. Where is the perversion except in a perverted person who thinks that lesbian relationships are perverted. This is a wonderful world we live in and the miracle is that there are so many things that are not all alike.Take the time to look around you and see the miracle of it all.

  3. Loudly I say; being gay is not nor ever has been a sin. FORNICATION is a sin. Fornication comitted by anyone is a sin. Lust is a sin. God is Love. Love is not a sin.

  4. Our people will decry gays and lesbians, but they are very silent when fornication and illegitmate births are talked about in church.

    If you want to “enforce” the Bible, don’t be “selective” about it…….

  5. This is not newsworthy. I mean, sorry, but it didn’t shock me. What would be newsworthy is if someone came out and said they were straight!

  6. I would imagine that Robin’s mother was aware that her daughter was gay. Mothers know these things. Perhaps she waited until her mother passed away out of respect for her. Most straight folks just “do what they do”, and don’t really care about how their parents feel about it.

  7. I’m not aware of a single church site or news article where church people celebrate fornication or illegitimate births. However when gay people “come out” they are treated like heroes. Like being homosexual is some great accomplishment and if your faith leads you to speak out against it, you are called “homophobic.”
    Of course they attack the church, it stands in stark contradiction to their lifestyle and always will.

    • Black pastors hardly ever preach sermons against fornication and illegitimate births (perhaps because so many are fornicating with that sister on the choir).

      They ought to. Fornication, disease, and illegitimate births are destroying black people much more than any gay folks are.

  8. Lucille Preshon-Hooper on

    I’m very happy for you Robin and Amber. I have watch you for years and also this doesn’t change anything about you. Will not true. I respect you even more for being honest. Wish you both all the best.

  9. Dorothea Roberson on

    Many comments are typical…… narrow, judgmental and negative. But isn’t that what religion teaches…. the “us” vs “them” mentality? Always judge others before yourself. And remember that some sins are much worse than others. Breaking marriage vows or having sex and children outside marriage is commonplace today and not considered big sins, and is standard behavior by straight church folk and their children.

  10. Dorothea Roberson on

    While gay people want the right to marry and have stable families, more than half of straight marriages end in divorce and many straights who have children don’t marry before the child arrives. Those babies used to be called bastards….. the new straight words are baby daddy and baby momma, not husband and wife…. but since they are both straight, it’s no big deal for church folk, just business as usual.

  11. Dorothea Roberson on

    All praises for my faith in God Almighty, not in the church or church folk!! Be well and prosper in 2014 everyone, gay and straight. and may you all strive to be as perfect as you want everyone else to be……. “1, Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2, For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.” Matthew 7:1-2.

  12. Happy for Robin and Amber but why couldn’t her girlfriend be black? I have no problem with gays or interracial couples. Same with Wanda and I think her wife is white too. Whatever floats your boat.

    Someone mention 72% of black children born single parent homes with no fathers.

    IMO. That’s because a lot of black men want their cake and eat it too. They want to have sex with black women but don’t want to married them. Also they might have two or three women on the side and date outside of their race. They will married a white girl but not a Sista. Sad! Black women are the glue to the black community.

  13. KWANZA ABDUL-KHALIQ on

    it is not an honor to announce to the world that you are a lesbian.. in fact wht do it.?? no one cares about your deviant life and you are sending a message to many little black girls that this type of life is on.. i do not agree.. robin you made a big mistake..ok?? kwanza.. remember you can always change, you were not born a lesbian..ok?? kwanza

  14. GOD BLESS ROBIN THERE IS NO NEED FOR PEOPLE TO QUOTE BIBLE VERSES FOR WHAT.SHE IS A PERSON WHO WANTS TO SAY HOW MUCH HER LIFE MATE MEAND TO HER ,BIBLE TALKS ABOUT A LOT OF THINGS,SOME OF IT NOT EXPLAINED LIKE LOT HAVING SEX WITH HIS DAUGHTERS {HE WASN’T AWARE BULL SHIT ,ANYWAY LIFE IS SHORT PEOPLE DO A LOT THINGS MEN RAPE BABIES BORN OUT OF WEDLOCK,SO WE ALL NEED TO JUST FOCUS ON ONE SELF GET RIGHT WITH GOD FOR JUDGEMENT DAY BE KIND HUMBLE AND MY FINAL WORD GOD NEVER EVER MAKES A MISTAKE {THINK ABOUT IT }VAL

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