“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,” Anderson Cooper wrote to The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan in a letter the columnist reprinted with permission. Of course, this “news” shocked absolutely no one, as the CNN anchor was in one of the clearest of glass closets in the history of closets. But still, we are completely fascinated and moved by the Silver Fox’s explanation of why he’d refused to discuss his sexual orientation up until now, and what made him change his mind. Here are some highlights:
- Anderson stayed in the closet for the safety of himself and his co-workers: “Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I’ve often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own.”
- He’s a very principled journalist: “I’ve always believed that 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.”
- He doesn’t want anyone to think he was ever “ashamed” of being gay: “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.”
- He’s doing this for the victims of bullies: “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.”
- He’s always been out to his friends and family, which maybe explains why this was no secret to the rest of the world: “I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues.”
- He’s still a principled journalist: “It is not part of my job to push an agenda, but rather to be relentlessly honest in everything I see, say and do. I’ve never wanted to be any kind of reporter other than a good one, and I do not desire to promote any cause other than the truth.”
- And maaaaybe he’s in a relationship? “I love, and I am loved.” Or he’s just speaking generally.
Whatever his reasons, we’d like to give Mr. Cooper a congratulations on this big day!
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