Posted: Jul 5, 2012 10:04 AM
Updated: Jul 5, 2012 10:08 AM
Anderson Cooper has publicly announced that he is gay.
Cooper made the announcement in an email to writer Andrew Sullivan. You can read his full email here.
Cooper has always been a private person when it comes to his personal life. "I've...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," he wrote.
In 2005 he told New York magazine, "I just don't talk about my personal life," going on to say, "...The whole thing about being a reporter is that you're supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you're in, and I don't want to do anything that threatens that."
In the email Cooper says, "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."
Why is it of any significance that Cooper is out of the so-called closet? His friend, Andrews, writes, "We still have pastors calling for the death of gay people, bullying incidents and suicides among gay kids and one major political party dedicated to ending the basic civil right to marry the person you love."
We have seen an emerging trend of public figures making public announcements about their sexuality. They do it so matter-of-factly that no one is really shocked when it happens anymore; but, the issue, now that they have come out to the world, is that their announcement is one of public record. The bullying, calling for death, and revocation of things we consider to be basic human rights comes into play.
Cooper ended his email by saying, "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."