American journalist, author, and primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360, Anderson Hayes Cooper has FINALLY come out of the closet!
Andrew Sullivan in his column The Daily Dish today writes that as we have pastors calling for the death of gay people, bullying incidents and suicides among gay kids, and one major political party dedicated to ending the basic civil rights of LGBT individuals. That the visibility of gay Americans is one of the core means for our equality.
Sully in turn wrote to his friend Anderson Cooper who has notoriously been living in the “glass closet” for years now and asked him for his feedback on this subject.
Anderson responded and finally, after all this time has come out of the closet and bluntly says that he is gay and has given Sullivan permission to reprint it:
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.
You can read Anderson Coopers full email to Andrew Sullivan in which he comes out at The Daily Beast.