Monday, July 2, 2012

Cooper Comes OUT of the Closet

One of our long term closeted celebrity hold outs, Anderson Cooper, has finally confirmed that he's gay. In an email to Andrew Sullivan , Cooper says...

"Always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud."

It's getting easier and easier for celebrities to come out of the closet in recent years, as Entertainment Weekly recently stated in a featured cover story. Anderson has been one of particular focus in the past few years, since it was widely accepted that he is gay, and especially after Don Lemon, a CNN fellow anchor, came out last year. But Cooper? Kathy Griffin stays at his house, people!
Cooper attributes his reticence to come out to dangerous situations he faces as a journalist and to a desire to keep his private life private...

"But I've also wanted to retain some privacy for professional reasons," Cooper continued. "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."

All I can say is hooray for Anderson. It's been a long time coming, but this only helps others in the LGBT Community, who now have one more honest celebrity to have their backs.


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