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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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Bandot    

I thought he came out years ago. He was great journalist before and he is still a great journalist that I still respect and admire.

788 days ago
227.

ack9999    

A deaf & blind person could've figured this one out...

788 days ago
228.

The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

Christians say that gay people are all g

788 days ago
229.

tellmeaboutit     

Golly, what a non-surprise I don't care that he's gay. I'm only concerned about what a sell-out he turned out to be. From serious journalist to half assed talk show host, all for the almighty dollar.

788 days ago
230.

The Love Sponge    

Good News

788 days ago
231.

Tara    

Everyone loves you Anderson! You're the best!

788 days ago
232.

Elena    

Hey Anderson....I knew that you were gay. It's no ones business but yours. NONETHELESS....I LOVE YOU EVEN MORE!!!

788 days ago
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The Atlanta Church Of Satan     

There are no gays going to Hell anymore. Gays can hold office,get married,adopt children and start their own Christian churches. This in turn makes them happy and more productive. Anderson Copper is a good example of this. Satan is no longer accepting gay people into Hell because they are in fact just Gay. I hope this gives the Evangelist fits.

788 days ago
234.

JulieB    

Anderson Cooper, your integrity is flawless! I salute, applaud and admire you (as I always have) for making a statement so that we might foster open-mindedness and abolish hatred.

788 days ago
235.

Ashley    

Another deviant "coming out". Make the perversion stop.

788 days ago
236.

Aussiecam    

Anderson i am so proud of you! I have always looked up to you as a role model and you will be a great ambassador for Gay Youth! TEAM COOPER!!!!!

788 days ago
237.

tamarind    

I thought this story came out (pun perhaps intended) in 2009?
I really was sure! Anyway, how is this news? Everyone knows! What next, 'John Travolta Loves Judy Garland'?

788 days ago
238.

mari    

Good for you Cooper...love you even more;;)))

788 days ago
239.

Ratoot    

Bless you Mr. Cooper. We love you!!!!

788 days ago
240.

elm    

Did he comment on why he pointedly avoided going public for decades? Not exactly a stand-up guy in that regard since he was such the public figure. And it became kind of absurd since everybody knew anyway. It makes it even more stand-downish in retrospect.

788 days ago
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