CNN’s anchor Anderson Cooper has announced through a blog written by Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast website that he is gay. Anderson was quoted saying, “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 also said that have been too many incidences of bullying as well as discrimination against people of all ages and that he believes there is value in making clear where he stands.
According to Anderson he did not mention that he was gay in the recent memoir he published because it was about war and disaster, not aspects of his personal life. Anderson admitted that he had been open and honest about that part of his life with his family, friends and colleagues. Anderson also said that he is not an activists but a human being who doesn’t give that up by being a journalist.
Anderson also let it be known that even from his early days as a reporter that he has worked hard to accurately and fairly portray gay and lesbian people in the media. Anderson also mentioned that it is not part of his job to push his agenda but to be relentlessly honest in everything he sees, says and does. Previously Anderson never publicly confirmed that detail about his personal life before nor did he publicly deny it.
Anderson’s sexual orientation has in fact been an open secret. He explained his reasons for not addressing it before saying that he has always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are or who they love should be something they discuss publicly.