In an inspiring display of courage and authenticity, Jason Hackett, a 36-year-old news anchor for Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE, came out as gay during a live broadcast, a personal revelation that quickly captured global attention. The video of Hackett’s heartfelt announcement went viral, resonating with viewers worldwide and highlighting the ongoing challenges and triumphs within the LGBTQ+ community.

During the May 3rd broadcast of KARE’s Sunrise morning show, Hackett took a moment to share a significant aspect of his life with his audience. “I want to share this with you,” he began, revealing his decision to feature on the cover of Lavender Magazine and discuss his coming-out story. While his close friends, colleagues, and some family members were aware of his sexuality, this was the first time he publicly acknowledged it to the broader Minneapolis community. “I’ve been living in a glass closet for the most part, but now I wanted to let you out there, the viewers out there that wake up with me every morning, to know a little bit more about me and coming out to new people is never easy for me,” he expressed.

The emotional weight of the moment was palpable as Hackett continued, “I’m so nervous right now. I’m not going to lie. This is no doubt the most people I’ve ever come out to at once.” He stressed the importance of authenticity, both in his role as a news anchor and in his personal life, underscoring his commitment to being his true self.

The anchor’s courageous act was met with immediate and heartfelt reactions from his colleagues. Co-anchor Alicia Lewis was visibly moved, offering her support and pride, while meteorologist John Zeigler expressed surprise and admiration, highlighting the supportive and inclusive environment at the station.

Following his announcement, Hackett spoke to The Advocate, sharing details of how the moment unfolded and the overwhelming positive response it elicited from people around the world. “I’m hearing from people from Nigeria, from Ireland, and the UK, who are just so grateful, happy, and encouraged by my words and what I said,” he noted. Hackett emphasized the importance of representation and the impact it has on young people struggling with their identity. “It would have been nice to see examples of this when I was a kid,” he reflected, hoping his story would inspire others to embrace their truth.

In his message to those facing similar struggles, Hackett offered words of encouragement: “For anyone that is watching this now, who is 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.”

Hackett’s coming-out story not only marks a significant personal milestone but also serves as a beacon of hope and encouragement for others in the LGBTQ+ community, illustrating the transformative power of living authentically. His journey from a conservative background to embracing his identity on a public platform speaks volumes about the evolving societal attitudes toward acceptance and inclusivity.


A news anchor has come out as gay on live TV, saying he wanted to show viewers his “authentic self”. Jason Hackett, who presents Sunrise on news station KARE 11, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, came out after he was asked to be on the cover of LGBTQ+ magazine Lavender. “I’ve been living in a glass closet for the most part,” Hackett said, using the term to reveal that he was out to friends and family, but not publicly. “I’ve been living in a glass closet for the most part,” Hackett said, using the term to reveal that he was out to friends and family, but not publicly. “I wanted to let you out there, the viewers out there [who] wake up with me every morning, know a little bit more about me.” The journalist, who joined KARE 11 last year, went on: “Coming out to people is never easy for me, I’m so nervous right now… this is no doubt the most people I’ve ever come out to at once. “But what… everyone here on Sunrise strives for is authenticity, and I can’t preach that without being my authentic self. I want to say a big thank you to KARE 11 for allowing me the space, more than any other station that I’ve worked at in the past 13 years, to just be me.”Hackett’s colleagues reacted emotionally after the announcement, pointing out that it was his birthday. “I know this was so hard for you, and I’m so proud of you,” co-anchor Alicia Lewis said, fighting back tears. “I’m so excited for you to sign the cover of Lavender magazine.” Going into more detail the magazine, Hackett said he grew up in a religious family and hadn’t believed that being out was an option. “When I was young, there wasn’t much representation in terms of media for Black gay men,” he said. “There were some niche shows here or there, or supporting characters [who] would pop up in a sitcom, [who] would be a stereotype, but there weren’t many portrayals of regular every-day gay men. “I kind of wish I had that sometimes as a kid, somebody I could look up to and say: ‘Man, he’s making it, so can I. He’s living his life, so can I’. “It’d be nice to think that after this story is published, and after my story is told, that there is another young, gay, Black – or anybody of colour – kid out there [who] is like: ‘Wow, he is being his authentic self and he’s not getting killed for it, he’s not getting criticised… maybe I can also be my authentic self, maybe I can also live my truth, just like Jason is’.” Hackett follows Ohio news anchor Taylor Bruck, who came out live on air last year. She was praised by viewers when she casually referred to her girlfriend. #gay #anchor #comingout #lgbtq #news #kare

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