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Anderson Cooper

'The Fact Is, I'm Gay'

7/2/2012 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Anderson Cooper ... The fact is, I am gay.
Anderson Cooper has revealed ... he's gay and he's proud.

Cooper made the announcement in a letter to Andrew Sullivan, who was doing a story for TheDailyBeast.com about the social impact of famous people who come out as gay.

Sullivan reached out to Cooper for his thoughts, to which Anderson replied with a letter.

"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," 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."

"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."

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166.

JDUB    

I've known forever, but I'm glad he said it.

739 days ago
167.

Tek    

In other news, the Pope is Catholic.

739 days ago
168.

Julie    

WHO EFFIN CARES???? this is a waste of perfectly good celebrity reporting space.

739 days ago
169.

Theresa2424    

Wait... I have known he was gay.. If you read about himhe talks about it.. Why is this just becoming news?? He lives with his partner and has been open for years... #teamcooper all the way

739 days ago
170.

Omnipotent1    

***got! Big deal! I don't care anything about him or what he does anyway.

739 days ago
171.

DreRoCK702    

Cooper takes it in the pooper

739 days ago
172.

g    

I'm glad it's him and not me. What a horrible way to swing.

739 days ago
173.

doodlebug496@ymail.com    

How sad to be so deceived

739 days ago
174.

Larry    

Wait, what?

739 days ago
175.

steve    

cudos Cooper i like that your who u are we are not defined by sexuality ..but who we are

739 days ago
176.

ej    

we knew this..if you didnt...well..how does a middle aged guy stay single and not care much about it..lol

739 days ago
177.

ashley     

this is not news....sorry but everyone has already known this for years... not like he hid it well

739 days ago
178.

O_o    

i do not see this as a loss for the hetero team.

739 days ago
179.

brent    

Will he start dating Tom Cruise now?

739 days ago
180.

Joe    

considering he's the 4th watched news cable show out of 5, by a wide margin, no one really cares.

hell, even the gays dont watch him.

739 days ago
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