Anderson Cooper: “The Fact Is I’m Gay, Always Have Been, Always Will Be”




Anderson Cooper has finally put to rest the question on everyone's mind: Is he or isn't he gay? The daytime talk show host and CNN anchor revealed in an open letter to his longtime friend, The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan, that he is gay and proud. Read Cooper's statement after the jump!
 


 

 
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. 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. 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.

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.

I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. 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.

I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. 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.

Since my early days as a reporter, I have worked hard to accurately and fairly portray gay and lesbian people in the media – and to fairly and accurately portray those who for whatever reason disapprove of them. 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.

Being a journalist, traveling to remote places, trying to understand people from all walks of life, telling their stories, has been the greatest joy of my professional career, and I hope to continue doing it for a long time to come. But while I feel very blessed to have had so many opportunities as a journalist, I am also blessed far beyond having a great career.

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. I appreciate your asking me to weigh in on this, and I would be happy for you to share my thoughts with your readers. 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.

 

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16 Responses

  1. Profile photo of nysam
    nysam

    Finally….now can we get Robing Roberts, Sam Champion, Tony Geary, Christian Leblanc, Jennier Landon, Ian Buchanan and all the others to follow his lead and come out?

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    SoapArmageddon

    He is probably the one celebrity I never thought any less of for not coming out publically. His support and journalistic activism for same-sex causes is well-documented.

    And it doesn’t hurt that he’s so bloody adorable!

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    keanna

    To me he never needed to clarify, but I am glad he did, now the speculation can stop. Plus he’s hot, I’ll still dream about him!!

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    TV Gord

    [quote=nysam]Finally….now can we get Robing Roberts, Sam Champion, Tony Geary, Christian Leblanc, Jennier Landon, Ian Buchanan and all the others to follow his lead and come out?[/quote]

    Nobody should be forced to say anything if they don’t want to say anything! It’s great for everyone who comes to the place in their life where they are comfortable to do it, but we’re still at a place where those who come out are always identified as gay in every article or other story about them, and they are somehow expected to be some kind of a spokesperson for “their kind”. Until we’re at a place in time where everyone will leave everyone alone and not place huge expectations on them, those celebrities who want to stay in the closet don’t owe any of us a damn thing!

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    The_Moustache

    [quote=nysam]Finally….now can we get Robing Roberts, Sam Champion, Tony Geary, Christian Leblanc, Jennier Landon, Ian Buchanan and all the others to follow his lead and come out?[/quote]

    add Jeff Branson and Billy Miller to that list.

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    nysam

    Just because someone is known as gay doesn’t mean they don’t have private lives. I have no idea who they are dating or what they do with whom they date. Most people in the world are straight. If someone is straight it doesn’t mean we know what they are doing in their personal life. Now that Anderson has come out do you know if he has a partner? If so how long he has been with him? Do they live together? Do they have an open relationship? Do they want children? These are all questions that are private. Knowing if someone is gay is no different than knowing if someone is straight. If people should be made to feel ashamed to say they are gay then why should straight people let it be known they are straight?

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    Cindy Reid

    I WOULD RATHER NOT KNOW THAT THE ACTORS ARE GAY, FOR ME IT TAKES AWAY FROM THE LOVE SCENES WITH ACTORS OF THE OPPOSITE SEX. I HAVE TO ADMIT A LOT OF THEM ARE GOOD ACTORS, HAVE ME FOOLED WITH LOVE SCENES.

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    TV Gord

    Thanks for that comment, SoapArmageddon. I was trying to think of a good comeback, but I was preoccupied by trying to remember which Anderson Cooper love scene Cindy meant.

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