Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts walked the red carpet with girlfriend Amber Laign on Monday for the 11th annual Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network’s Respect Awards. Roberts presented the Gay-Straight Alliance of the Year award to the Gay-Straight Alliance Club of Park City High School in Utah.
“I’m particularly happy to lift up the leadership of students who fight for respect and dignity for all. I’ve experienced firsthand how we all…have something to give. Students like the ones GLSEN works with all across the country are truly putting that something to work in the service of a better world” said Roberts of the GLSEN.
Roberts, who has been with girlfriend Laign for 10 years, came out in December 2013 however is notoriously private when it comes to her romantic life; A public outing for the couple is rare.
— Us Weekly (@usweekly) May 21, 2014
Robin Roberts Glows on Red Carpet With Girlfriend Amber Laign–Take a Look! http://t.co/xGxBL5P7jy
— E! Online (@eonline) May 21, 2014
Roberts discussed the reasons for keeping her relationship under wraps when she appeared on the talk show Ellen in April, telling host Ellen DeGeneres she kept her girlfriend private “‘Well because she doesn’t really like spotlight. Like she’s here right now. I can’t get her to come out. You know not everyone wants to be in the spotlight.
Roberts also discussed the toll her cancer and treatment have taken on the relationship. “Sometimes we didn’t see the same thing eye to eye, and I thought it was very powerful for people, because there’s so many that care for their loved ones, and so to see her side of it and to see my side of it was pretty interesting” said Roberts, who battled myelodysplastic syndrome as result from her treatment for breast cancer.
Roberts spoke to People Magazine about Laign in April, saying “Even though Amber is someone who shies away from the spotlight, it was important for me to let people know I have this person in my life.”
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