Anderson Cooper Pens Open Letter: "The Fact Is, I'm Gay"
Putting the longtime rumors to rest, Anderson Cooper has come out of the closet via a newly released letter.
The writing was published on Monday (July 2) by recipient Andrew Sullivan, who is a political blogger pal of the CNN news anchor/talk show host.
In his penning, Cooper reveals, “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.”
Bluntly telling that he prefers men, the 45-year-old states, “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."
“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,” Anderson continues, adding, “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.”
Since confirming his orientation, Anderson Cooper has received a whirlwind of support from his fellow celebrity pals, including the openly gay comedian and TV host Ellen DeGeneres who wrote, “I’m proud of you Anderson Cooper”. Meanwhile "Live with Regis & Kelly" star Kelly Ripa posted something similar to the CNN News personality on her Twitter page. “So proud of you Anderson Cooper. Always have been, always will be.”
Anderson's show, titled "Anderson Cooper 360", received an award from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation earlier this year, at which time the group's President personally commended him for his contributions to the LGBT community.
"Even prior to coming out publicly, Anderson's terrific work has raised awareness of inequalities facing LGBT people," stated GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "He's a role model to millions and now will inspire countless others."
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