Shepard Smith Discusses Being 'Token Gay' at Fox News for 25 Years

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former Fox News anchor discussed gay stereotypes and the dangers of being pigeonholed as a gay journalist.“I am not here to be your token,” Smith told Gomez of his own experiences. “I don’t want to be the gay journalist.

I want to be the journalist who is gay.”Smith had worked for Fox News before he abruptly departed the conservative network in 2019.

He had worked there since 1996, having come out publicly in 2017,but to coworkers and friends a decade prior. After he began to do that, at the NLGJA chat he revealed he had been made the "token gay" multiple times and advised others to avoid it if possible.He warned against accepting situations where an editor says, “Oh, there’s a gay story.

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