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News anchor boldly comes out as queer live on air with extensive support from colleagues

He came out to his audience during his morning broadcast and received overwhelming support from everyone.

News anchor boldly comes out as queer live on air with extensive support from colleagues
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The LGBTQIAP+ community has faced several setbacks recently. Despite ongoing efforts, queer and trans people still struggle for support and recognition in many areas of life. In such times, offering support and kindness is crucial. Kare11 news anchor Jason Hackett came out as gay recently on the show in the presence of his team. His bold way of revealing himself was shared by the outlet in a YouTube video. Hackett began by sharing that he was asked to be on the cover of Lavender, an LGBTQ+ magazine, to share his coming out story. He obliged, and this was shared in the video before Hackett spoke.

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Representative Image Source: Pexels| Mido Makasardi

“For people that know me, friends, family, coworkers, this wasn’t a huge surprise. I’ve been living in a glass closet for the most part,” Hackett exclaimed. He added that he wished for his viewers and audience to also know the truth about him. “Coming out to people is never easy for me, I’m so nervous right now,” he remarked. Hackett noted that coming out on air meant he was coming out to the largest number of people at once. The news anchor stressed the idea that their reporting “strives for authenticity.” Hackett added, “I can’t preach that without being my authentic self." He thanked his team and superiors for providing a platform along with love and support to help him be himself and break the news to the majority.

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Representative Image Source: Pexels| Fauxels

Hackett further shared a message for fellow citizens having trouble coming out or struggling in any way. “For anyone who is watching this now and struggling to find acceptance or struggling with their family or their friends, take it from me, a gay, black son of immigrants. The road may not be easy. I won’t lie to you and say that it is. But don’t worry. Keep going. You’re going to make it,” he encouraged. His speech was followed by much support and encouragement from his fellow reporters. One of the reporters said, “I didn’t know this was happening today but this is an out-of-body experience. I’m so proud of you.”

Representative Image Source: Pexels| SHVETS Production
Representative Image Source: Pexels| SHVETS Production

Another reporter exclaimed, “I know this was so hard for you. I’m so proud of you and we love you so much.” Hackett couldn’t have been more grateful for the overwhelming support he received from his team members and the audience. Several people commented with encouraging messages for the reporter. @Darryldog5 wrote, ‘Coming from a straight man, it gave me chills... Especially the reaction from your co-anchors.” @elainejude4616 mentioned, “We love you, and this is one of the bravest things I’ve ever seen on the news!”

@CapriKOrn said, “You don't have to bend who you truly are for anyone in this world. I join in celebrating 'you' in your whole, authentic self. Bravo!” Several others thanked the reporter for being an example of courage and more. @DAWStorm wrote, “I’m so proud of and inspired by you, Mr. Hackett! Way to be an awesome role model- for everyone striving to find and live their authentic selves.” @megwinkler2986 exclaimed, “Your courageous love is teaching all how to be brave, kinder, and loving. I wish you all the best!”


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