Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is, I Am Gay,” Comes Out to Further Equality

Anderson Cooper is one of the most elegant, ethical, wise, brave, and hottest, men in America. Today in an email to Andrew Sullivan published on the Daily Beast, Cooper who has reported from disaster and war zones around the world, as well as joining Kathy Griffin for CNN’s New Years Eve in Times Square, comes out gracefully, expressing his reasons for coming out now and not making a big deal out of being gay in the past (And let’s face it, who somebody boinks and/or loves is really the least interesting thing about them. Or should be).

Cooper’s main point is that while he values his privacy and feels it is necessary for his job as a reporter, he also realizes that homophobia from the pulpit and in the schoolyard must end, and the more visible LGBT are, the quicker, one hopes, the equality and acceptance will be. Here are some select quotes from his email to Sullivan:

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.I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a 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…

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…

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…

But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.

Thank you, Anderson Copper for starting off the Fourth of July the right way, by demonstrating a true love of your country and belief in its innate goodness (and in the power of celebrity to help open hearts and minds, a true American value, which is better served by you and your thoughtful words and deeds than by the entire Kardashian clan in their desperate clatter for fame as spokesholes for whatever).

Now if only Shepard Smith would follow Anderson’s lead….

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.

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