Anderson Cooper: I'm Gay

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CNN's Anderson Cooper recently admitted for the first time, in the context of an email exchange with The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan, that he is gay.

Sullivan, who is also gay, asked Cooper for comment on an EW story about gay people in public life coming out differently than in years past.

As the visibility of gay people - high-profile or not - is at the core of individuals, the deceasing newsworthiness of such revelations is encouraging.

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Asked for his take on the subject, Cooper told Sullivan - and gave him the go-ahead to print - what he's never matter-of-factly said before:

"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."

On why he hasn't made it an issue before now, he says:

"Although 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 people they are close to."

"But I've also wanted to retain privacy for professional reasons. Since I started as a reporter 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. I’ve stuck to those principles for my entire career, even when I’ve been directly '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."

"Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle."

"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."

Follow the link to read Cooper's full email to Sullivan.

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Like a trooper. All the time. Especilly the kids. But I have nothing to do with people who think they're special when they're not.

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Well,do you help them? Do you do community service or volunteer?

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The others are a given along with children who are sick and actually are special people.

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Well, it is important to.acknowledge homosexuals too but for your sake, focus on other marginalized groups such as women and those in less fortunate countries.

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I agree. As long as equality does not include homosexuals or any other special interes group

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I think we both shouldn't waste our time arguing over this when we could be investing our energy into something like helping poverty or equality.

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Heterosexuality is not promoted, it's natural. It is what is meant to be between males and females.Homosexuality on the other hand is unnatural and was never meant to be. It is a sickness, emotional or mental. It is plain dirty and disgraceful and it is promoted in parades and public with support from people like yourself. So you are a supporter of a dirty, filthy choice of lifestyle. Think about that. I, personally would be ashamed to support such a thing and would be more inclined to put my support where I could help clean the world, not make it a more disgusting place to be for everyone. You can call it discrimination or whatever you want but I don't support dirt like homosexuality, I fight it. Pogue mahone

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I am not promoting homosexuality. I just want you to realise people are different and can have different sexual orientations which in this case they are entitled to. Heterosexuality is majorly promoted everywhere. I don't see you complaining about that. Don't discriminate.

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Yes, it's their business alright but it's not the world's business. So we don't have to know about their dirty and disgusting little business. Their business is a sick buisness and they are sick and rather than getting some professional help they have promoters like you. Terribly wrong.

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It's just the conventional term. And if the act is consensual then that's their business.