Oh man, what an amazing bit of Monday morning news. My favorite (and let’s be honest – America’s favorite) reporter/silver fox/dreamboat Anderson Cooper has finally finally finally opened the door to his glass closet wearing a very sexy but understated fitted navy tee and a bullet-proof vest (because conservatives in the South love their guns!) to say, “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.”
I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. It has always been a personal pet peeve of mine that one of my favorite celebs (and I don’t mean that as a dis, but Anderson is as much or more a personality than he is a mere reporter) never had the nerve to admit what most of his viewers already understood: that he is gay. (It’s hard to be that handsome and hetero. Sorry, straight guys.) Anderson has written a beautiful personal email to Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast (who is also gay) which was published today on The Dish (with permission, of course). The whole thing is quotable, so just go read it, but I’ll give you these bits right here about why he didn’t come out sooner and why he is coming out now:
Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I’ve often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist.
Understandable, boo! Things might have gone down differently in Egypt if they knew! I get it.
Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. 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.
Mmm-hmm. Cuz that’s totally what I was thinking when I wrote my verse in this song (wear headphones for language):
I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. There continue to be far too many incidences of bullying of young people, as well as discrimination and violence against people of all ages, based on their sexual orientation, and I believe there is value in making clear where I stand.
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.
I love you, Anderson! And today I am really, really, really proud of you, too!!!! Thank you, on behalf of all the gay kids out there, and all the people who just want to celebrate truth and justice above all.