Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts came out by thanking her longtime girlfriend Amber Laign in a letter posted to the anchor's Facebook page adding her name to the growing list of celebrities and public figures to be open about their sexuality. (Much to the chagrin of the Duck Dynasty brigade, no doubt.)
Friends and co-workers have long known about the relationship between Roberts and Laign, which has been steadfast for over a decade now, but many outside that circle didn't see this coming. (Not sure how, really, but still, they didn't.)
Roberts, who battled breast cancer in 2008 and underwent a bone marrow transplant for myelodysplastic syndrome in 2012, has been an inspiration to many for her willingness to discuss her health issues openly. She took up her keyboard on Sunday morning to pen a letter of gratitude for those who've supported her.
In the letter, Roberts writes "At this moment I am at peace and filled with joy and gratitude." She goes on to thank God, her doctors, and her sister before making the public acknowledgement of her girlfriend Amber and their relationship.
And that is where both the best and the worst of Facebook collide.
The letter has received a remarkable 52,000+ "likes" and that number continues to grow. So do the comments on the letter.
Internet 101 lesson for Monday: Don't read the comments. (But really, I do read the comments here. So if you've got 'em, leave 'em.)
While the vast majority of people commenting on the letter are offering their love and support to Robin Roberts and thanking her for being open about her many health issues over the past 4 years, as well as being open now about her relationship, there are a few choosing to make anti-gay statements and blame Roberts' health woes on her sexuality.
Yes, they're going there.
But? The internet is firing back at those who choose to get negative in the comments on her letter and I'm over here high-fiving those people.
Every judgmental and disdainful comment about Roberts' coming out is being challenged by those who see her as an inspiration and support the anchor no matter her sexuality because of her generous nature and the health challenges which she has so publicly overcome. While there are some stating they'll no longer watch GMA, more will no doubt be tuning in.
And Robin Roberts will be there to greet them.