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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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241.

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.

742 days ago
242.

Raejean    

I'm SHOCKED!!!

742 days ago
243.

Metta Worldhate    

Ummmm.... we already know, bro. We've know ever since your Channel 1 days in Kosovo. We don't care. This isn't 1985.

742 days ago
244.

kim is a publicity whore    

this isnt news and who cares?!

742 days ago
245.

cj    

The world is so lost. There is no such thing as a Gay race. It is simply people with a sexual preference. Why have people fallen for this foolishness. He likes having sex with other men. Wemon like having sex with themselves. The couch liked liked having sex with little boys. They are still the same gender as God made them. Anderson is a man. we have made Gay a Gender. You are confusing the next generation. So Sad

742 days ago
246.

elm    

His mom is Gloria Vanderbilt; what did you expect?

742 days ago
247.

LatinaxNation    

sorry I had no idea at all that he was gay, why? BECAUSE I NEVER PAYED ANY REAL ATTENTION TO HIM. I do enjoy his reports sometimes, but I haven't
watched CNN like I use to, even then for some
reason I never really got the chance to see him that much. So I was a bit shocked but at the same time, not really. So for all of you saying you'd have to have half a brain to not know he's gay, you gotta think about the casual (I mean real casual) people who don't know how he is in general-or only see him once in a while. but it's not a huge shock for real anyway. good luck to him I still admire him.

742 days ago
248.

KipNoxzema    

I'm sure the 2 people on the Lib CNN heard him, and 1 of 'em already knew. Waytogo for kiling more ratings, Reamed Cooper!

741 days ago
249.

rita_ballou    

I never understood why a group of people who claim they were born the way are are so proud about it? if they were born that way that means someone else is responsible. And why isn't proud to be born with one leg shorter than the other or born with a hair lip or crossed eyes or a fat gene or buck teeth or something. After all, those people were "born that way" too.

741 days ago
250.

Tasos    

Anderson, Anderson, Anderson. Alas, your closet door was glass. We presumed that it was known, or we understood that your true orientation was, at very least, a mass American hunch (you know, similar to our hunch about our well-spoken, well-dressed, mildly fussy "confirmed bachelor" brother/cousin/uncle). Maybe we missed something. Are we to understand that you will behave 'gayer' than before, and/or that your formerly undercover hag, Kathy Griffin, will be a bigger, bolder, louder and even more enmeshing? (If so, [hack] you may be well advised to quietly send mumsie away on a long cruise to allow Stalker-Be-Gone work its magic on Griffin.) Anyway, if you find that breathing is easier for you outside of your supposed 'closet', then good for you, Mister-Sister, and God bless your happy azz as you complete the rest of your life journey.

741 days ago
251.

tgrfan42069    

born this way is nothing but smoke and mirrors to make people accept this sick lifestyle.its the logic of "well if we say we were born this way they have to accept it because we cant not help it" fact is there is no real proof of being born gay.mean while there is some proof that one chooses the lifestyle in fact people who used to be gay and have now turned straight have said it was their choice.

741 days ago
252.

Jack Jason    

He wanted an invite to the Gay bash at the White House..All Straits will be excluded..

741 days ago
253.

alissa    

well duh.. Kathy Griffin outed him years ago

741 days ago
254.

arale norimaki    

How could you not tell me you were gay?

everyone is a little gay

I said "We're all gay, buddy. It's just to what degree are you gay." And he goes, "That's bull, man. I ain't gay at all." And I go "Yeah, you are. And I can prove it." He goes "Fine. Prove it." I go, "All right. Do you like porn?" He says "Yeah, I love porn. You know that." I said, "Oh, and do you only watch scenes with two women?" And he goes, "No, I'll watch a man and a woman makin' love." And I say "Oh, and do you like the guy to have a flabby, half-flaccid penis?" And he goes "No, I like big, hard, throbbing coock...ron white"

741 days ago
255.

padeeya    

I wonder if he giggles when he's kissing pickles!!!!

741 days ago
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