Anderson Cooper Comes Out

"The fact is, I’m gay," he writes in an e-mail to the Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan

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It’s a story that many people suspected, but that doesn’t make it any less newsworthy. Via an e-mail reprinted on Andrew Sullivan’s the Dish blog on the Daily Beast, Anderson Cooper has told the world he’s gay. Rumors have long surrounded the CNN host and war correspondent, but even in his memoirs, Cooper would not address his sexual orientation.

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Sullivan wrote on his blog that he asked for Cooper’s thoughts on an Entertainment Weekly story that ran last week on gay people in public life coming out of the closet. Cooper responded with a long e-mail in which he not only declared his sexuality but also explained why he has not shared his personal life with the public in the past:

Even though my job puts me in the public eye, I have tried to maintain some level of privacy in my life. Part of that has been for purely personal reasons. I think most people want some privacy for themselves and the people they are close to.

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Cooper also cited work-related reasons for not previously coming out:

I’ve also wanted to retain some privacy for professional reasons. Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I’ve often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own.

But, Cooper said, he can remain silent no longer:

It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something — something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true … There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.

Cooper concludes, “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.” He encourages Sullivan to share the e-mail with his readers.

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Victoria Kotler
Victoria Kotler

This isn't news anymore of him being gay. There already was an article that said that Anderson Cooper already admitted that he is in fact gay.

"Cooper is openly gay; according to The New York Times, he is "the most prominent openly gay journalist on American television."[34] In May 2007, Out magazine ranked him second behind David Geffen in its list of the fifty "Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America"

Maha
Maha

He never really "kept it a secret", and he never lied about it- he just never addressed it to the media.

Everyone is his friends, family and social circle have always known- and hes never made a point to hide his relationship publicly around NY.

Monica Collins
Monica Collins

What a waste of such a sexy man - but as the saying goes the sexy ones are always GAY

patomao
patomao

Why is it a waste to be gay?

Mark Morlet
Mark Morlet

Sooo  thats why he is a One Sided political commentator for the LEFT !!!! Nooo wonder he hates republicans...  Already KNEW IT  once he did that little girl laugh.

northofmackinaw
northofmackinaw

Straight or gay it's not my business or is it anyone else's business which I am.

taxmenot
taxmenot

Now does the attention turn to A. J. Hammer?  Is he straight or....oh never mind!

f_galton
f_galton

Maybe Anderson's courage will inspire Barack to do the same.

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"I'm glad Cooper finally figured this out, not sure how much longer we could have kept this a secret from him."

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No way! I never would have guessed (dripping with sarcasm).

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Jeffrey Leland
Jeffrey Leland

hasn't he been gay since like forever?? Did only the gay people know or something??

civilwarvet
civilwarvet

I don't care~luv ya the way you are.

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When anyone comes out in todays world, it is still a very scary thing. More so I would think for a celebrity. I await the day in the future when someones sexuality is not considered newsworthy. A day when if someone says: "Did you hear that so-in-so is Gay?" And we all reply: "And your point would be?"

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