CNN anchor, Anderson Cooper, has officially confirmed what most of the world were already aware of. He is homosexual and proud of it.
In an email to Andrew Sullivan, a Daily Beast blogger who is homosexual and a close friend of Cooper’s, the international correspondent broke the news.
“The fact is, I’m gay,” he wrote. “Always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
The email was written in response to Sullivan, who wanted Cooper’s opinion on “The New Art of Coming Out,” an Entertainment Weekly story which focused on the importance of gay celebrities publicly removing themselves from the closet to combat bullying.
Cooper cited the need to maintain his privacy as a journalist and public figure, so he could effectively tell other people’s stories.
“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,” 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.”
Well, at least he’s not ashamed of who he is.
“…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.”
This is the first time that Cooper has openly discussed his sexuality, though it has been common knowledge since 2007, when he was listed on Out magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Gays” list.
LGBT rights groups have commended Cooper for his decision.
In a statement to Yahoo! News, David Steinberg, president the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association wrote, “Our members share his sentiment that as journalists, not activists, we have a significant role to play as advocates for fair and accurate coverage of the LGBT community in the mainstream media. We have worked hard to ensure that all journalists are comfortable being out in the newsroom and having it not be perceived as detrimental to their ability to do their job.”
Overall, Cooper’s decision can be perceived as a step in the right direction toward breaking barriers for the LGBT community.
Evette Dionne, everythingYNTK for VIBEVixen.com
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