"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."
Anderson Cooper publicly confirms to Andrew Sullivan something many of us have known about him for years. In an impressive, lengthy, heartfelt e-mail to Sullivan, Cooper writes, "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'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."
At least now Cooper can relax when hosting New Year's Eve with Kathy Griffin, who in a recent interview with Metro Weekly alluded to his point about the danger of being a gay journalist in hostile countries.
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