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.”
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