Anderson Cooper: 'The Fact Is, I'm Gay, Always Have Been'
Talk show host Anderson Cooper recently sent an email to The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan, in which Cooper states, “I'm gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn't be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
The thoughtful statement from the journalist comes at a time when more and more celebrities are revealing their sexual orientation in a matter-of-fact way, such as “The Big Bang Theory” star Jim Parsons and “Magic Mike” actor Matt Bomer.
Cooper was asked by his good friend Sullivan to give his feedback on the subject of gay visibility. Although Cooper says he still feels his private life should remain separate from his professional life, he also expressed concern people may think he has something to hide.
Anderson wrote, “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.”
He continued, “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…”
Cooper concluding, “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.”