Another News Guy Comes out…

I borrowed this from ABC News.

Anderson Cooper

After years of declining to discuss his sexuality, CNN’s Anderson Cooper has revealed that he’s gay.

The 45-year-old CNN anchor came out in an email to the Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan that was published on Sullivan’s blog this morning. Cooper was responding to an Entertainment Weekly article about how gay public figures are increasingly coming out in more restrained ways than in the past.

“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,” Cooper writes.

Cooper explains that he kept his sexuality private “for professional reasons” but had “begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle.” Instances of gay bullying made him “believe there is value in making clear where I stand.”

While Cooper doesn’t go into the specifics about romantic relationships, he writes, “I am also blessed far beyond having a great career. I love, and I am loved.”

He concludes his email, “I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.”

In 2008, Out magazine famously featured Cooper’s face on the cover of its “Glass Closet” issue. (Subtitle: “Why the Stars Won’t Come Out and Play.”) In 2005, he defended his decision not to discuss his private life, telling New York Magazine, “I understand why people might be interested. But I just don’t talk about my personal life.”

Cooper, a former ABC News correspondent, anchors CNN’s primetime news show “Anderson Cooper 360°.” He also hosts a daytime talk show, “Anderson.”

I like Anderson Cooper. I liked him before he said he was gay too. He is a fine journalist and he is adorable. I do think it is important for public figures to come out. I do not think it is a must and I don’t hold it against them if they choose not to do so. But, I like to see public faces say “Yea, me too.” It just does something, you know? It just says we are here and we are everywhere. Some people need to see that in their faces. Homophobes love to pretend they don’t know someone they love is gay or lesbian. So, once they have no choice to to acknowledge they are gay, they have to come to the conclusion — it doesn’t really matter. They already like, love or respect them, so why would it suddenly change? 

I respect this move!

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10 Comments

  1. I just tweeted about this. It’s great news. I’m glad he decided to be open about his sexuality. As a public figure, he will be an inspiration to others. I’m glad he reconciled his need for privacy with today’s civil rights causes.

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  2. You must be friggin’ kidding!!?Cooper gay!?

    I wouldn’t picture that in a million years.

    BTW,it’s been a while(months)since we’ve connected.I wanna believe that you’ve blocked some of my comment lol.It’s all good.

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  3. I asked myself why this would matter, that whole celebrity coming out thing, and it does seem to me that if someone like Anderson can come out – and at the risk of seriously damaging his career – then other folks would be encouraged to come out as well even though for some folks, coming out isn’t as liberating as they make it sound.

    Other than that, something like this makes me say, “Okay, they’re gay – good for them and why do I care that they’re gay?” You know I ain’t got anything against gay folks but I tend to celebrate when the “little people” come out successfully more than I do some high profile person doing it…

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