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Anderson Cooper Announces, “I’m Gay, Always Have Been”

Anderson Cooper Announces, “I’m Gay, Always Have Been”

 

Media icons, from celebrity chefs to movie stars, are often scrutinized regarding their personal relationships and their sexuality. In recent years, many celebrities have been pushed to come out and openly discuss or display their sexuality. Anderson Cooper has been one of those icons who has had to face constant speculation about his personal life over his years as a journalist in the limelight.

This week, Cooper addressed all the years of public scrutiny about his sexuality with an open e-mail to Daily Beast columnist, Andrew Sullivan. In a calm, direct, and dignified manner Anderson Cooper illustrates the importance of keeping his personal life to himself. He points out that journalists’ private lives should not be central to their work. In his letter he states:

Who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.

This statement subtly points a finger at a culture obsessed with outing people and dissecting their personal or sexual relationships. In a forthright manner the e-mail also expresses that Cooper has no shame about his identity and that he hopes the comfort he feels in his own skin may encourage everyone to address social issues, such as bullying and discrimination. In his own words:

Recently, however, Iíve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. Itís 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.

Iíve 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 couldnít be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.

Cooper concludes his forthright letter with thanks for being a human who is loved and is able to give love.

While most of those weighing in on the issue over the years will not be surprised by Anderson Cooper’s e-mail, the messages he discusses gently point a finger at anti-LGBT activities and rhetoric that strip people of their humanity because of the people they choose to love. Cooper craftily balances a wish to maintain his personal privacy while also affirming pride in his work and his identity.

 

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2:18AM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Loved him before. Love him now. Doesn't matter what his sexual preference is. He's a decent, caring, smart person, and I appreciate the few journalists who want to "keep them honest."

2:48PM PDT on Jul 9, 2012

Who cares if he is straight or gay. He is such a great person. Thanks

8:05PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

Wow, everyone the crazy lady? said something decent. Elaine A, is whom I am talking about.

8:03PM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

I just have to say darn, darn, darn! He is a cutie pie.

10:50AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

His autobiography is going to be fascinating.
On the big reveal - nobody in NYC is shocked. This was about as newsworthy as when Richard Chamberlain came out about 20 years after we all had figured it out. The only surprise for me is that his boy friend has ears that really stick out...guess he has a wonderful personality.

5:31AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

He is Anderson Cooper - regardless of his sexual preference. I watch him daily. Keeping them Honest!

5:04AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

I look forward to a time when this is completely neither newsworthy nor necessary; when people, whether in the public eye or who lead ordinary private lives, don't feel the need to explain their sexuality, religion, or anything else about themselves that is nobody's business but there own.
I also think that there is a tear in the space/time continuum, as I almost have nothing to say to the troll elaine a. Her prejudice does come through though, in her big "BUT". No, I'm not saying you have a big butt, I'm saying that you first apparently are OK with AC's coming out (not that he needs or wants your approval) and you then give the qualifier, saying "BUT, blah blah blah". What that says to me is that you're OK with AC being gay cause he's funny; all the other GLBTQ people, not so much.

1:41AM PDT on Jul 5, 2012

The more positive role models the better for youth who might otherwise accept the bigots' lies.

7:27PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

I wasn't shocked.

6:03PM PDT on Jul 4, 2012

love him

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