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Anderson Cooper to Daily Beast, "The Fact Is I'm Gay, Always Have Been, Always Will Be"

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Photo Credit: Kathy Hutchins

Anderson Cooper CNN host and anchor, and host of the syndicated daytime talker, Anderson,, finally came out publicly today in an open note to The Daily Beast’s, Andrew Sullivan.   Sullivan is a longtime friend of Cooper’s, and Sullivan asked Anderson for his response to article in Entertainment Weekly on an emerging trend on gay people in public life who come out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past.   Cooper than sent a very personal note to Sullivan and gave the reporter the permission to print it.  And within its contents, Anderson “officially” comes out.    Here are some excerpts below!

Anderson Cooper: “Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. 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.

I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. 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.

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.  I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone else’s business, but I do think there is value in standing up and being counted. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.”

Make sure to read the entire contents of Anderson’s remarks here!   Then, let us know what you thought about it.

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jerrica
jerrica

Rodd
Rodd

Kudos for him! He’s da man!

RJ4
RJ4

Yay, Anderson! We are proud too!

brian
brian

Very good statement.

Chaz
Chaz

Well worded and classy.

david
david

I am surprised people still feel a responsibility to announce their sexual preference and that anyone cares. The idea that announcing it is necessary implies there is something wrong to repudiate, that not making a public acknowledgment implies embarrassment. Living without an announcement does not imply anything exists to be hidden.

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

I always have been a fan and always will be. But, who cares? It is his personal business IMO. Just because you are a “public figure” doesn’t mean you’re not entitled to some privacy. Also, as a respected journalist he shouldn’t “be the story”. Journalists/reporters should know that, it’s Communications 101. I stlll think you’re great, Anderson.

kay/kay
kay/kay

Who cares? I thought everybody knew this anyway I am so sick of people who need attention just stop I have a lot more on my mind these days as most people do then who these people sleep with. Oh for the days when everyone just minded their own business and did not tell every little thing about their lives.

Patrick
Patrick

Bullying, needs to be addressed. Suicide, homelessness, abandonment… The extreme realities of IDENTITY.

Per Anderson Cooper: “…I believe there is value in making clear, where I stand.”

lipstickcat
lipstickcat

Finally! Everybody already knew so what’s the big deal? By publicly coming out, he will help a lot of young people! Why did he wait so long?

MBmomof3
MBmomof3

Well, I agree that bullying is a serious issue! So, if Anderson coming out helps even one person feel hopeful and accepted, then bravo. Rock on, Anderson!

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