He was educated at Baker High School, a public high school in the town of Baker in East Baton Rouge Parish.
He majored in broadcast journalism at Brooklyn College in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Louisiana State University.
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.
During an on air interview in 2010, the 5 foot 6 inch tall Lemon disclosed that he was physically abused by a teenage male neighbor when he was eight years old.
In his autobiography ‘Transparent’, he mentioned himself as gay.