Two female reporters for NBC News have come out of the closet not only to publicly announce their homosexuality, but also to say they’re expecting a baby.
Jenna Wolfe, a newscaster on the weekend “Today” show, made the announcement Wednesday.
“My girlfriend, Stephanie Gosk, and I are expecting a baby girl the end of August,” Wolfe, 39, wrote in the debut post for her new pregnancy blog.
“We felt like we wanted to share our adventures with a wide-eyed, little person,” she wrote. “The more we talked about it, the better the idea seemed.”
Wolfe said she and Gosk, a foreign correspondent at NBC, have been together three years. They commenced their “Operation Baby” in December, and plan to eventually get married.
The lesbian couple began discussing starting a family and after deciding Wolfe would carry the child, she underwent artificial insemination with an anonymous donor.
“This is the most exciting thing that has ever happened to us,” Wolfe told People magazine. “But I don’t want to bring my daughter into a world where I’m not comfortable telling everyone who I am and who her mother is.”
Gosk, 40, is calling the announcement “a spectacular moment for us.”
“The beauty is that we live in a time where there’s no need for secrecy,” she told People. “For a long time I had feared I would never have a child.”
Other TV news reporters who have gone public with their homosexuality include Anderson Cooper of CNN, Sam Champion of ABC and CNN’s Don Lemon.
When Cooper came out of the closet last July, he stated: “I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter. I’ve stuck to those principles for my entire professional career, even when I’ve been directly asked ‘the gay question,’ which happens occasionally. I did not address my sexual orientation in the memoir I wrote several years ago because it was a book focused on war, disasters, loss and survival. I didn’t set out to write about other aspects of my life.
“Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.
“I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”