BREAKING NEWS: Anderson Cooper is gay.
Celebrities coming out of the closet may not be as newsworthy as it once was but these “non-events” are still events says openly gay blogger Andrew Sullivan. “The visibility of gay people is one of the core means for our equality,” Sullivan wrote on The Daily Beast. He consulted with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper for obvious reasons. Anderson says he’s tried to maintain his privacy for both personal and professional reasons but wanted to set the record straight.
“Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle,” Anderson explained. “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.”
Anderson went on to reveal:
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.
This is quite possibly the worst kept secret ever. Out magazine included Anderson Cooper on their list of most powerful gays. Anderson is friends with LGBT activist Kathy Griffin and has been frequently spotted with presumed boyfriend Ben Maisani, who runs a gay bar. The Dilemma trailer was pulled when Anderson went on Ellen to criticize the movie for its derogatory use of the word gay. And who could forget his girlish giggle that landed Anderson Cooper on his own Ridiculist.