Anderson Cooper Officially Comes Out

Hell yes! Though it's been rumored for years that Anderson Cooper is gay, the dashing CNN reporter has never been willing to speak on his private life, letting the public believe what they may while he focuses on his work. But given the slow-but-sure progress towards a more just climate for gays in America, Cooper has apparently changed his mind—and he's officially come out. In a detailed letter to his friend Andrew Sullivan of Newsweek, he explains why he's been publicly closeted for so long, and why after all these years he's chosen now to let the cat out of the bag. The nut graf:

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.

The main reason he gives for keeping it quiet for so long is personal safety—that as a journalist, his job takes him across the world to places where being a publicly out gay man could be a liability. "But," he writes, "I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy." He also diplomatically explains that he loves who he loves, believes that's a God-given gift, and that he's only ever been a fair reporter. Indeed—and we couldn't be happier for Cooper. Read the full piece here.

AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at July 2, 2012, 5:26am

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