Must-Read: Anderson Cooper Comes Out

Here, presented without comment, is a link to Andrew Sullivan’s blog post, which contains an email from Anderson Cooper about the decision to maintain privacy as a public figure (for both personal and professional reasons) and the broader, often unintended consequences of that decision.  The pull-quote that everyone will be running with:

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 have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues. 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.

Read the whole thing here.  It’s a quick read, but a highly engrossing and thought-provoking one.

UPDATE:  Just had a really good tweet about this retweeted onto my timeline, so I thought I’d share.

People are making jokes about Anderson Cooper coming out not realizing that the fact it ISNT a big deal today IS a big deal. Thats the point

Author: inuyesta

Law student with Josh Lyman dreams in a Toby Ziegler reality.

2 thoughts on “Must-Read: Anderson Cooper Comes Out”

  1. Anderson’s answer is perfect, and in my opinion is the attitude EVERYONE should have.

    It has always made me angry when gay people have “demanded” that Anderson “come out” (hopefully that will stop now), because HE HAS ALWAYS BEEN OUT. You don’t have to make a public statement to the media to “be out” — you just have to live your life in an unashamed way. Anyone who has ever met Anderson knows that this is what he has always done.

    So hopefully we will stop seeing uninformed, whiny people complain that Anderson “isn’t out” just because he didn’t announce it in the manner that THEY wanted him to.

  2. Someday, and someday soon, a celebrity coming out won’t be a big deal. And the fact that it isn’t a big deal won’t be a big deal either. And THAT will be a big deal.

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