ANDERSON COOPER COMES OUT: “THE FACT IS I’M GAY, ALWAYS HAVE BEEN…”
Anderson Cooper is a well respected journalist for CNN and anyone who knows anything about news knows this, what people have been uncertain about is his sexuality. I want to interject and say, it’s really no one’s business, but I guess he was tired of people assuming so to put it to bed once an for all, he made an honest and simple statement.
“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 was asked during an interview by friend Andrew Sullivan who also happens to be a gay rights activist and columnist for The Daily Beast. He goes into detail about why he’s never officially let the cat out of the bag saying,
“Andrew, as you know, the issue you raise is one that I’ve thought about for years. Even though my job puts me in the public eye, I have tried to maintain some level of privacy in my life. Part of that has been for purely personal reasons. I think most people want some privacy for themselves and the people they are close to. But I’ve also wanted to retain some privacy for professional reasons,” Cooper said, citing safety reasons since his job takes him to war zones and other dangerous places.
”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,” continued the Anderson Cooper 360° host. “I’ve stuck to those principles for my entire professional career, even when I’ve been directly asked “the gay question,” which happens occasionally. I did not address my sexual orientation in the memoir I wrote several years ago because it was a book focused on war, disasters, loss and survival. I didn’t set out to write about other aspects of my life.”
He also says he was never “hiding” his lifestyle. He says his family and friends have always known. He says he is not “uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid.”
He also said,
“I love, and I am loved. In my opinion, the ability to love another person is one of God’s greatest gifts, and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life,” he said. “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.”
Well there you have it.