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Reaction to Robin Roberts' big announcement

Robin Roberts has plenty to be thankful for in 2013. In a message posted on Facebook, she thanks God, her doctors, nurses, family and her longtime girlfriend Amber. This is the first time she publicly discussed her sexuality. Randi Kaye takes a look at the reaction to Roberts' reveal.

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  1. Louise

    In the words of Pope Francis, "Who am I to judge?"

    January 4, 2014 at 12:52 am |
  2. Rob

    Who cares about anyones sexuality. I am glad she is healthy

    January 3, 2014 at 4:05 pm |
  3. Maxine A. Bowser

    I am happy she is doing well in her personal and health life!!!

    January 2, 2014 at 11:13 am |
  4. Sandra

    I am so tired of everyone coming out and thinking it is everyone's business. It is not worldwide news when someone comes out and says they are straight. While I have always liked Robin Roberts and GM America I am not an advocate of homosexuality. And I will probably not watch it again, the jury is still out. I am tired of the powers that be trying to make those of us that think homosexuality is wrong, agree with it because certain public figures come out and acknowlege their sexuality. I will say this for the record. I will NEVER agree with HOMOSEXUALITY because it is biblically WRONG.

    January 1, 2014 at 8:13 pm |
    • Tammy

      tattoos are biblically wrong, eating swine is biblically wrong, wearing leather/suede is biblically wrong, remarrying after a divorce is biblically wrong, working on Sunday is biblically wrong, a woman speaking in church is biblically wrong, eating shellfish is biblically wrong, premarital sex is biblically wrong, gluttony is biblically wrong...I'm sure you get where this is going....

      January 1, 2014 at 8:49 pm |
      • sidney

        quotes the bible verses to these things you are claiming.

        January 2, 2014 at 1:16 am |
    • Joyce Jordan

      Yes, Sandra. In the End, the Truth will be revealed, but it will be too late for those who are committed to this lifestyle.

      January 2, 2014 at 2:18 pm |
  5. carmen

    I have watch Robin in GMA from the first day she started.... No big surprise to me, I always new.... I am not to judge because I am not God..... All that matters is that she is happy and healthy.... She will still come into my house every morning and that is how I choose to start my day.....

    January 1, 2014 at 12:18 pm |
  6. Ricky G

    We've known for 30 yrs that she's gay. That is not a surprise as it seems the landscape in show business has gone from hiding to being out in the open. Heaven help anyone who disaagrees with the lifestyle as the wrath of the political correct society will strip away everything you have. Who cares about her sexuality? It's no one's business and hasn't killed anyone but my concern is for anyone who doesn't agree with the lifestyle and doesn't feel the necessity to promote it. LGBT is not a race it's a lifestyle with choices to participate or not. It should not be on par with discrimination practices against minorities in this country and should never be placed in the same category. But descrimination in any form in a free society cannot be tolerated which not only includes race, creed, sexual orientation, but also for those with intolerant tongues. Free speech in any form whether it is hateful or loving has to be encouraged not punished.

    January 1, 2014 at 10:30 am |
  7. Shel H

    Good for the both of you! I watch the show each morning the crew on there is so professional I love them all! What a person's sexual orientation/ preference is has nothing to do with the show nor does it take away from my viewing pleasure so why does it matter? They do not say only straight or gay people can view this network so what someone does in their own private life off the clock is nobody's darn business!

    January 1, 2014 at 2:35 am |
  8. paul andrusko

    Money or politics one of these two options are behind her big announcement, period. And frankly who cares.

    January 1, 2014 at 1:17 am |
  9. Christian A.

    Robin Robers is yet another threat to those who believe gay people should be punished and treated as second class citizens. She is strong, beautiful, proud, devout, hard working and talented. She is a great person and I'm so proud she came out like so many of us who are not celebrities, but hard working, tax paying, honest people who just want the same rights and respect anyone else gets. God bless her and let's hope for a greater and more intelligent world ahead.

    December 31, 2013 at 11:40 pm |
  10. Zsuzhi

    Good for her! I'm so happy she is healthy and happy. Happy New Year Robin!!!!!!!!!

    December 31, 2013 at 10:08 pm |
  11. Dee Brock

    Robin is a great news person and commentator what her personal life is, is no matter to me or should it be the business of anyone one else this is her decision and choice and more power to her and her family. Our society should more concerned for the children and our elderly parents that need us more with notice and news!

    December 31, 2013 at 9:39 pm |
  12. Robin Lee

    I didn't realize Robin wasn't out - Glad she is doing better and look forward to living in a world where other people's sexuality is no one else's business but your own. Wishing her all the best in 2014!

    December 31, 2013 at 9:34 pm |
  13. Julie b

    Why is this a surprise and why does this still make headlines?

    December 31, 2013 at 8:47 pm |
  14. Mike in AR

    Good for her and her partner. Now, saying that...seriously, how is this news? My wife and I have felt for years she was gay and she is still our favorite GMA hostess! We both love her.

    December 31, 2013 at 5:29 pm |
  15. Janice Solomon

    It's fine with me. I am happy for her . Everyone is entitled to live there life as they see fit and be proud of it. What Ii don't understand is why the public announcement.There is no need for it. Heterosexuals don't feel they must announce their sexual preference to the world. Why do Gay.s feel it's so important to publicly share this with people they don't even know. People who have no right knowing someone else's personal business!

    December 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm |
    • Sandy

      Amen!!

      December 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm |
    • bwalston

      It really wasn't an "announcement" Janice. If you read her post you will see that she was expressing gratitude to those who stood by her and supported her during her illness. She mentioned her family, her friends, and her girlfriend. How is that different than if she was heterosexual and thanked her family, her friends, and her "boyfriend'? It's not like she went on national TV or on the cover of People and announced "I'm gay" as some have done – which, of course, would also have been her right.

      December 31, 2013 at 11:49 pm |
    • Mikie Dennis

      It was more of a thank you to her girlfriend as apposed to a public announcement and I could name any number of non gay folks who have publically thanked their mate for various reasons. But the reason a person in her position might make a public announcement about such is simple, She has control then where the tabloids might have done it for her and then no control on her part.

      January 1, 2014 at 2:49 am |
    • Donovan

      She didn't mention sexual preference, you did. She acknowledged that she has a girlfriend. It's great that she loves and is loved. I'm wishing them the best for 2014. Thank you Robin for your years on TV.

      January 1, 2014 at 9:18 am |
    • Jim H

      Janice, look past the headlines and read what Ms. Roberts posted on her facebook page: "I am grateful for my entire family, my long time girlfriend, Amber, and friends as we prepare to celebrate a glorious new year together. I don't consider it a public announcement when someone says they are grateful for their family, friends and significant other. She simply did what any straight couple would do without all the attention, show gratitude for her loved ones. Why do heterosexuals feel the need to mention their husband or wife to people they do not know. It seems perfectly acceptable to most people when a straight married couple mentions their loved one, but the same does not seem to be acceptable for homosexual or bisexual couples. Having said that, LGBTQ youth can use as many strong role models as possible to counteract the negativity heaped upon them. Also, it has been said that coming out can help break down the walls of bigotry.

      January 1, 2014 at 11:08 am |
    • Paul

      For ME the question is not why gays feel the need to publicly share their personal lives, but rather why they (often) have to HIDE them for years and years . . . And of course everyone has their own unique reason, but I can imagine some would be fear of damage to your career, pressure from family and/or employers, personal safety concerns, or even because if you ever happened to recover from a terrible illness and simply thanked you longtime partner for being by your side it would stir up a maelstrom of hate and angry message board comments.

      January 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm |
  16. Mary

    well, she certainly has the right to not say anything about her private life. I was not at all surprised by the fact that she has a "girl friend" as opposed to a "boyfriend". I love Robin for her generous spirit and work on tv. She is welcomed into my living room every morning while I have coffee. Who she loves is none of my business. I just wish her happiness and more years of staying healthy.!

    December 31, 2013 at 2:54 pm |
    • Terry

      Exactly Mary, I was thinking of what I would say in support of Ms. Roberts. You've stated it with eloquence so I'll just agree and state: What Mary Said!!

      January 1, 2014 at 5:37 pm |
  17. Jane T Bond

    Equality will only be reached when we realize that sexual preference is not newsworthy, nor any of our business unless we are contemplating a relationship with someone. Equality will only be reached when individuals and the media stop using black man, white man, black woman, white woman, Hispanic man, Hispanic woman, gay man, lesbian, transsexual, etc. as identifying tags for people. People have names and our name should be all the identity we need.

    December 31, 2013 at 2:39 pm |
  18. Keith

    Glad she is happy and healthy, that is all that really matters!

    December 31, 2013 at 2:26 pm |
  19. Walt Fieger

    As I said before, Robin will always be #1 in my book! I don't care who she loves! It's none of my business or anyone else's for that matter! I wish Robin a very HEALTHY, Happy 2014! Peace, Love, and Joy!
    Walt

    December 31, 2013 at 1:46 pm |
  20. Peg

    Being LGBT makes no never mind to me. We all have our preferences and need to act accordingly. It's great to be in love with someone, and to have someone by your side no matter what. Coming from a different perspective, I don't know or pretend to understand why it's necessary to "come out." Why not just be and not make a big thing about it.
    I am a big fan of Robin's. She's good at what she does, and really lucky to be alive. So, you go girl. Have a good life. I'm glad you have Amber in your life.

    December 31, 2013 at 1:38 pm |
  21. Ann

    I stopped watching NBC 's today show wen Jenna Wolf came out, same reason ave stopped watching AbC's "Good Morning America" It seems there is a concerted effort to subliminally indoctrinated the rest of society .. otherwise what woul dbe the reason for someone making the big reveal about their private life... Whats the big deal? should we care? Enough!

    December 31, 2013 at 1:33 pm |
    • joe

      I guess if anybody on the NEWS mentions their spouse or family on air you will stop watching .That's going to limit your news world. Even Fox's new caster mention there family.

      December 31, 2013 at 10:58 pm |
  22. jacquie

    I am glad she is well but who cares about her sexuality?

    December 31, 2013 at 1:25 pm |
  23. Carol Kienzle

    Good for you Robin....May God keep you in the palm of his hands.

    December 31, 2013 at 12:54 pm |
  24. Vicki B

    I think it is so healing to not have to have secrets. Good for you Robin. It's nobody's business anyway!

    December 31, 2013 at 12:46 pm |

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