In his autobiography ‘Transparent’, he mentioned himself as gay.
After announcing his status in the memoir, he is treated as a role model for gay men.
Without completing the course he moved to New York in 1990, to serve as a news assistant at a flagship television station named award in 2014.
In August 2019, a New York bartender filed a civil lawsuit alleging Lemon assaulted him in a bar in July of 2018.The plaintiff sued Lemon for a "demeaning, unprovoked and offensive assault" in a tavern in Sag Harbor, New York and seeks unspecified damages for "emotional pain and suffering." A CNN spokesperson told USA Today that, "Don categorically denies these claims." In 2014, however, Columbia Journalism Review awarded Lemon a more dubious honor when his work was named in a list of worst journalism of the year (along with Fox & Friends and Rolling Stone magazine) for his remarks to an alleged Bill Cosby rape victim.