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Anderson Cooper: "The Fact Is, I'm Gay."
Daily Beast ^ | 07/02/2012 | Andrew Sullivan

Posted on 07/02/2012 1:15:31 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

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Last week, Entertainment Weekly ran a story on an emerging trend: gay people in public life who come out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past. In many ways, it's a great development: we're evolved enough not to be gob-smacked when we find out someone's gay. But it does matter nonetheless, it seems to me, that this is on the record. 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. 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.

All of which is a prelude to my saying that I've known Anderson Cooper as a friend for more than two decades. I asked him for his feedback on this subject, for reasons that are probably obvious to most. Here's his email in response which he has given me permission to post here:

Andrew, as you know, the issue you raise is one that I've thought about for years. 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. 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. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn't matter. I’ve stuck to those principles for my entire professional career, even when I’ve been directly 12039_084asked “the gay question,” which happens occasionally. I did not address my sexual orientation in the memoir I wrote several years ago because it was a book focused on war, disasters, loss and survival. I didn't set out to write about other aspects of my life.

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.

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.

Since my early days as a reporter, I have worked hard to accurately and fairly portray 19447_001_1563_CCgay and lesbian people in the media - and to fairly and accurately portray those who for whatever reason disapprove of them. It is not part of my job to push an agenda, but rather to be relentlessly honest in everything I see, say and do. I’ve never wanted to be any kind of reporter other than a good one, and I do not desire to promote any cause other than the truth.

Being a journalist, traveling to remote places, trying to understand people from all walks of life, telling their stories, has been the greatest joy of my professional career, and I hope to continue doing it for a long time to come. But while I feel very blessed to have had so many opportunities as a journalist, I am also blessed far beyond having a great career.

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. I appreciate your asking me to weigh in on this, and I would be happy for you to share my thoughts with your readers. I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.

Me too.

Update: The Beast created a video tribute to Anderson's work - watch it here.

(Photos courtesy of Anderson Cooper and CNN)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: andersoncooper; gay; homosexual; homosexualagenda; lavendermafia; lookatme; pinkjournalism; tmi
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1 posted on 07/02/2012 1:15:44 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

NO KIDDING, I would never have guessed... /sarc/


2 posted on 07/02/2012 1:16:30 PM PDT by madison10 (Still trying to find that silver lining in that Death-of-the-U.S.A. tornado funnel...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Oh! Nice to meet you Mr. Dover.


3 posted on 07/02/2012 1:18:05 PM PDT by albie
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To: SeekAndFind

Duh...


4 posted on 07/02/2012 1:18:21 PM PDT by Gargantua ("Barack O'Bunga--America's first gay president...")
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To: SeekAndFind

Old, Single and neat!


5 posted on 07/02/2012 1:19:04 PM PDT by 11th Commandment (http://www.thirty-thousand.org/)
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To: SeekAndFind

“We still have pastors calling for the death of gay people...”

Really?

Try sashaying down the streets in the Middle East. See what the Inman’s have to say about it...don’t lose your cool or your head.


6 posted on 07/02/2012 1:19:31 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: SeekAndFind

There are hundreds of photos and videos of Cooper hanging out in Manhattan with his boyfriend/lover over the last 4 years.

Not much of a surprise to the several million people who already have seen the photos in the tabloids and tabloid-style websites in recent years.


7 posted on 07/02/2012 1:19:40 PM PDT by JerseyHighlander
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To: SeekAndFind

And this is news? lol


8 posted on 07/02/2012 1:20:50 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (54,000,000 0bama's people on welfare and food stamps?)
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To: madison10

Funny how Cooper talks about violence against gays, but never reports on violence against straight people by gays.


9 posted on 07/02/2012 1:21:11 PM PDT by Son-Joshua (son-joshua)
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To: SeekAndFind

in other news:

...the sun has come out and admits it is an average 93 million miles from the earth...

.....it was recently reported that night follows day...

....millions of lemmings jump into the sea each year...52% voted for Obama....


10 posted on 07/02/2012 1:21:38 PM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

There’s a SHOCKER


11 posted on 07/02/2012 1:22:01 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (Liberalism: Carrying adolescent values and behavior into adult life.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Cooper says: "I believe there is value in making clear where I stand."

We have know all along where he stands - on his knees.


12 posted on 07/02/2012 1:22:26 PM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: SeekAndFind
NO!
14 posted on 07/02/2012 1:23:31 PM PDT by n230099 ("When no one knows who is armed...everyone is.")
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To: WKUHilltopper; Elsie; Colofornian

“Inman’s”?


15 posted on 07/02/2012 1:23:59 PM PDT by freedomlover (Make sure you're in love - before you move in the heavy stuff)
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To: SeekAndFind

But is he really happy? The DoI doesn’t speak to the pursuit of gayness.


16 posted on 07/02/2012 1:23:59 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind
Gee, what a surprise. I can't believe there is any halfway intelligent person in the world who didn't already know this. It is clearly a career move. Being gay makes him a MSM favorite and makes him immune from criticism. He will now be recognized as courageous and be praised as someone with principles by the others in the MSM.

The fact that he is willing to perform oral sex on other men didn't hurt his job prospects with network executives. It is the only thing that can explain his career success. It certainly isn't due to his intelligent or insightful reporting and analysis.

17 posted on 07/02/2012 1:23:59 PM PDT by detective
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To: SeekAndFind
. . . one major political party dedicated to ending the basic civil right to marry the person you love.

How's that for reframing? (And they are getting away with it.)

18 posted on 07/02/2012 1:24:40 PM PDT by madprof98
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To: SeekAndFind

Shouldn’t this be in BREAKING!!!;-)


19 posted on 07/02/2012 1:24:43 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: 11th Commandment

“Old, Single and neat!”

LOL. I guess there is some validity to profiling.


20 posted on 07/02/2012 1:24:43 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: SeekAndFind

next thing you know, shep smith is going to step out of the closet.


21 posted on 07/02/2012 1:25:01 PM PDT by JohnBrowdie (http://forum.stink-eye.net)
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To: madison10

Yeah. Ditto that.

Gay and STUPID. Did you watch this dummie on Jeopardy??

And they spoon-feed celebrities dumbed down questions. His “knowledge” of geography is ludicrous.

Gues if you have the right parents, are gay and liberal, you can go far in the mainstream media.


22 posted on 07/02/2012 1:25:04 PM PDT by ZULU (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=D9vQt6IXXaM&hd)
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To: SeekAndFind

Hilarious....


23 posted on 07/02/2012 1:25:53 PM PDT by cranked
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To: SeekAndFind
ANDERSON POOPER IS GAY... So is Jerry Sandusky...

CELEBRATE PERVERSITY MONTH!!

JERRY SANDUSKY Pictures, Images and Photos

24 posted on 07/02/2012 1:26:59 PM PDT by missnry (The truth will set you free ... and drive liberals Crazy!)
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To: SeekAndFind

One political party that still recognises that marriage is the cornerstone of civilisation. The marriage is to have children and raise them in a good home, where they don’t have to watch two men or two women slobbering all over each other.Daddy an Daddy were sure moaning a lot last night weren’t they?

Give me a break.

Marriage is for a man and a woman. Not two of either gender.

You want to bend over and have your butt penetrated be my guest , but don’t call it marriage.


25 posted on 07/02/2012 1:27:18 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: SeekAndFind
You can only feel sorry for people who define their entire existence around that thing between their legs.
26 posted on 07/02/2012 1:27:53 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Proud??? WHY would anyone be PROUD of their sexuality, no matter what it is???


27 posted on 07/02/2012 1:28:14 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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I hear Travolta needs a new masseuse.


28 posted on 07/02/2012 1:28:38 PM PDT by DarrellZero
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To: freedomlover

Sure, to differentiate them from the Ingoats.


29 posted on 07/02/2012 1:29:29 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: albie

“oh please, call me Ben”


30 posted on 07/02/2012 1:29:34 PM PDT by brivette
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To: freedomlover

OK, typoed. Imam...happy? LOL Close enough for hand grenades and atomic bombs! LOL


31 posted on 07/02/2012 1:30:35 PM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: SeekAndFind

Really? Wow! Nothing faggoty about you! /s


32 posted on 07/02/2012 1:31:14 PM PDT by CodeToad (Homosexuals are homophobes. They insist on being called 'gay' instead.)
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To: SeekAndFind

When my wife was in TV news, one old hand estimated the number of gay men in front of the camera at 90%.

“What other men pay that much attention to their appearance?” was how she put it....


33 posted on 07/02/2012 1:32:42 PM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: freedomlover

Yeah, the Bobby Inman. Boy, he was a tough cookie...


34 posted on 07/02/2012 1:33:03 PM PDT by Vermont Lt (I just hate our government. All of them. Republican and Democrat.)
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To: ZULU
His “knowledge” of geography is ludicrous.

Hang on a minute here! Do you know what the capital of Long Island is????

35 posted on 07/02/2012 1:33:17 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Bill Ayers Was *Not* "Just Some Guy In The Neighborhood")
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To: Ann Archy
Proud??? WHY would anyone be PROUD of their sexuality, no matter what it is???

As though it's some great personal achievement.

Whoo Hoo! I'm gay! High fives all around!!!

36 posted on 07/02/2012 1:35:18 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: SeekAndFind

What is this now...about the EIGHTH Anderson Cooper is gay thread?


37 posted on 07/02/2012 1:35:21 PM PDT by Carpe Cerevisi
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To: SeekAndFind

The last desperate grab for ratings is for homosexual viewers.


38 posted on 07/02/2012 1:36:02 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper
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To: DarrellZero

“I hear Travolta needs a new masseuse.”

Travolta is like the town drunk in the bar trade when it comes to massage parlors. He has been cut off with the neck to ankle rule. Hands cannot go below one or above the other.


39 posted on 07/02/2012 1:36:14 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: madison10

The fact is, Anderson, that neither member of your audience gives a damn.


40 posted on 07/02/2012 1:37:16 PM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: SeekAndFind

In other news, water is wet, and it’s damn proud of it!


41 posted on 07/02/2012 1:37:38 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind

42 posted on 07/02/2012 1:37:38 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: SeekAndFind

OMG!!! You’re kidding right? /sarc


43 posted on 07/02/2012 1:37:54 PM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: papertyger

“When my wife was in TV news, one old hand estimated the number of gay men in front of the camera at 90%.”

I think that other anchor on CNN Don Lemon goes the same direction as Anderson. The only thing CNN is in short supply of is white heterosexual Christian male reporters. They are an extinct breed there


44 posted on 07/02/2012 1:39:56 PM PDT by chuckee
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To: SeekAndFind
http://youtu.be/J6_1Pw1xm9U

SURPRISE! SURPRISE! SURPRISE!

45 posted on 07/02/2012 1:41:11 PM PDT by antceecee (Bless us Father.. have mercy on us and protect us from evil.)
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To: detective

I could not say it better myself


46 posted on 07/02/2012 1:42:27 PM PDT by crankyfranky
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To: SeekAndFind
Well, duh. We always knew why he was a rabid supporter of this guy. I'm wondering who wasn't aware of this fact.



Then again, National Enquirer got it right - still better news than "Anderson Cooper 360".


47 posted on 07/02/2012 1:43:10 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: SeekAndFind

Everyone knew but you so what do you want a pat on the back


48 posted on 07/02/2012 1:43:26 PM PDT by ronnie raygun (B B)
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To: SeekAndFind

Not to stereotype gay men, but I have noticed over the many, many years of my presence on this planet, that when they actually manage to get into a real fistfight, they lead with their chins more times than not.


49 posted on 07/02/2012 1:43:43 PM PDT by elkfersupper ( Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: SeekAndFind

Why do people insist on telling us about their personal lives. I didn’t watch his useless show before, nor will I ever watch it after he decided to unburden himself.


50 posted on 07/02/2012 1:45:00 PM PDT by qman (The communist usurper must go!)
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