Anderson Cooper makes a revelation, sort of

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Anderson Cooper admitted that he is a happy, proud and loved gay man. The revelation or non-revelation came in an email to  The Daily Beasts’ Andrew Sullivan who asked Cooper to weigh-in on a new trend of “gay people in public life who come out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past. In many ways, it’s a great development: we’re evolved enough not to be gob-smacked when we find out someone’s gay. But it does matter nonetheless, it seems to me, that this is on the record,” Sullivan wrote.

“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,” he continued. “So these ‘non-events’ are still also events of a kind; and they matter. The visibility of gay people is one of the core means for our equality.”

Cooper responded in an email. “I appreciate your asking me to weigh in on this, and I would be happy for you to share my thoughts with your readers,” Cooper wrote. “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.”

Cooper said that his reasons for maintaining a certain level of privacy had nothing to do with shame or any attempt at hiding. He said that he has always been honest with friends, family and coworkers, but kept his sexuality from the public in order protect himself and his coworkers while reporting in war zones, and prevent his objectivity from being called into question.

“I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space,” Cooper said.

Rumors surrounding Cooper’s sexuality have circulated for many years and some have criticized his lack of transparency in light of all LGBT bullying and suicides.

“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,” Cooper said. “I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.”

What do you think about this revelation or non-revelation?

Will his journalism suffer?

Or will this help open some eyes and hearts?

Let us know what you think, here at EffieMagazine.com.

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