I think the photo is fake.The photo itself potentially.
Yet it's not as if The Big Club wouldn't have pimped & primed Don Lemon from the outset either way.
The cabal doesn't need leverage on Lemon.
All his "power" and social status comes from being a talking head on CNN. If he doesn't read his lines right or goes off message he loses it.
The real power in this situation are the people who write his scripts and put him on TV.
Besides, if you need leverage on a gay man just have a PI follow him around for a month. He will either engage in sodomy in public (restroom, in a park etc) or be involved in heavy drug use (or both.)