In an e-mail to friend and fellow journalist Andrew Sullivan, CNN’s Anderson Cooper not only admits he’s gay, but gives Sullivan his permission to share the revelation with the rest of the world. Which Sullivan did Monday (July 2) in a column for The Daily Beast.
“I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly,” Cooper writes. “As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.”
“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 … 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. I’m not an activist, but I am a human being and I don’t give that up by being a journalist.”
Reaction from celebrities was swift, not surprisingly, on Twitter.
Read Sullivan’s column — which contains Cooper’s full e-mail — at The Daily Beast.