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Anderson Cooper: “The fact is, I’m gay”

By Justine Espersen

Television journalist of CNN Anderson Cooper publicly acknowledged today that he is gay.

Cooper came out in a lengthy email to Andrew Sullivan of Daily Beast after giving permission to Sullivan to publish the email.

“The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Cooper said in the email.

However, for many, this is not as much a surprise as it is a confirmation. Cooper’s sexuality has been questioned before, specifically in a 2008 for Out magazine, featuring the story, “The Glass Closet.” The issue featured stars whose sexuality were never publicly acknowledged but were widely known by the public.

He was asked several times prior to today, but was never willing to answer directly.

“He told me many years ago that he didn’t want to be known as ‘the gay anchor,'” columnist for TVNewser.com Gail Shister said, who says she had a private conversation with Cooper about the issue. “He didn’t want his sexuality to be connected to his profession.”

Cooper’s reasoning for revealing his sexual orientation now is evident in his email.

“Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle,” Cooper said. “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.”

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