Robin Roberts, an anchor on "Good Morning America," came out yesterday in a touching Facebook post that expressed her gratitude to God for her restored health and her gratefulness for her long-time girlfriend Amber, who helped her make it through Roberts' battle with cancer.
I am grateful to God, my doctors and nurses for my restored good health.
I am grateful for my sister, Sally-Ann, for being my donor and giving me the gift of life.
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 am grateful for the many prayers and well wishes for my recovery. I return every one of them to you 100 fold.
On this last Sunday of 2013 I encourage you to reflect on what you are grateful for too.
The ABC host has long been upfront about the importance of her Christian faith, sharing her daily morning prayer, "The Power of Protection" by James Dillet Freeman, as part of her "100 Cameras" segments about morning rituals:
The Light of God surrounds me. The Love of God enfolds me. The Power of God protects me. The Presence of God watches over me. Wherever I am, God is.
By including God in her first public acknowledgement of her sexuality, she joins other public figures who have celebrated their orientations as well as their religions, including Anderson Cooper and NBA player Jason Collins. Senior Religion Editor Paul Brandeis Raushenbush wrote in a blog post,"Cooper and Collins are doing something very important by including religious talk within their coming out essays. Essentially they are insisting that God created, supports and loves them --including their sexuality, not in spite of it."
Roberts told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview, "If you strip everything away…if you strip away my college degree and my awards, and who I am and all that, it comes down to being a simple child of God. That’s who I am."
Her sexuality certainly doesn't change anything about that.