CNN anchor and daytime talk show host Anderson Cooper has revealed to the public that he is gay. Rumors about Cooper’s sexuality have swirled around for years, especially since the field reporter has remained notoriously quiet about his private life.
While discussing Entertainment Weekly’s article about the recent trend of celebrities coming out in a nonchalant manner, Cooper declared his sexuality to Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan. Sullivan had e-mailed Cooper about the story, pointing out that even though society may not be as surprised by the news of celebrities being gay, their sexuality still matters.
“We still 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 right to marry the person you love,” Sullivan wrote. “So these ‘non-events’ are still also events of a kind; and they matter. The visibility of gay people is one of the core means for our equality.”
Cooper responded to the e-mail, explaining why he has kept his sexual orientation private information.
“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,” Cooper responded. “But I’ve also wanted to retain some privacy for professional reasons. 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.”
The anchor went on to explain that by remaining silent about his personal life, he may have given off the impression to the public eye that he has something to hide. At the end of the message, Cooper finally cleared up all of the rumors.
“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,” he wrote. “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.”