Anderson Cooper ‘Comes Out’ Via Email: The Fact Is, I’m Gay

Anderson Cooper has always been under fire when it came to his sexuality. For some reason, he was pegged as a leading gay news anchor without his endorsement. Recently, Anderson had a discussion (via email) with colleague and friend Andrew Sullivan of The Dish with the Daily Beast about his career in journalism, keeping his sexuality private and why he has decided to open up.

In the email correspondence, the CNN anchor writers Sullivan:

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.

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.

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.

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.

Read the full email here.

What do you think of the email? Share your thoughts below.

  • Jei

    I love Anderson, and have always had the hugest crush on him! I admire that he didn’t rely on his family name/stature to reach his career goals. I think his reason of keeping his private life private is totally justifiable! Traveling to war zones and different countries with blatant hate for homosexuality places him in danger.

    I guess since he’s at that level of his career where he doesn’t have to do those stories from the trenches, he can be more open to those who need confirmation of his sexuality. Regardless, I still look up to him and respect him as a journalist.

  • Brent

    Did he have to do it through email? And would didn’t know the silver fox was gay?

    • It’s Cost Me A Lot, But There’s One Thing That I’ve Got…

      That is not the point, the point is that he etched it in stone! It is a concrete thing. It is one thing to suspect and most likely be right, it is another to have all suspicions confirmed.

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