The Silver Fox Came Out
Yay! It’s about damn time. We love you to pieces and we think you being open about being a homosexual could do a lot of good in a world where gay kids are killing themselves and we’re discriminated against daily. A public figure coming out is always a good thing.
In an letter to Andrew Sullivan for The Daily Beast, beloved television journalist and talk show host Anderson Cooper ended years of speculation by confirming he’s gay. And he wrote very eloquently about it:
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 gay 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.
He’s always been a class act. Sullivan had asked the silver fox to weigh in on Entertainment Weekly’s recent look at celebrities coming out in an “off-handed” way without a giant media furor. Cooper gave permission for his reply to be posted this morning.