Anderson Cooper: ‘The fact is, I’m gay’

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"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," wrote Cooper.

MANILA, Philippines – Years of public speculation have finally come to an end. 

“The fact is, I’m gay,” writes veteran reporter Anderson Cooper in an email to political writer Andrew Sullivan.

The Huffington Post has also reported Cooper’s “coming out,” noting that although his “revelation will not shock many people,” he has never explicity confirmed it. 

“Always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” Cooper concluded.

Sullivan had asked Cooper to comment on what he calls an “emerging trend.” 

Last week, Entertainment Weekly ran a story on an emerging trend: gay people in public life who come out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past. In many ways, it’s a great development: we’re evolved enough not to be gob-smacked when we find out someone’s gay… I asked him for his feedback on this subject, for reasons that are probably obvious to most,” Sullivan wrote. 

In Cooper’s email reply to Sullivan, he explained the “delay” in his “revelation.”

“I’ve also wanted to retain some privacy for professional reasons,” Cooper said. “I did not address my sexual orientation in the memoir I wrote several years ago because it was a book focused on war, disasters, loss and survival. I didn’t set out to write about other aspects of my life.”

“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.”

“This is distressing because it is simply not true,” he wrote. (Read his email in full here)

“Anderson Cooper” was a trending topic worldwide a few minutes after Huffington Post broke the story. Here’s what people online are saying:

Anderson Cooper: "The fact is, I’m gay"

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Anderson Cooper: ‘The fact is, I’m gay’MANILA, Philippines – Years of public speculation have finally come to an end. "The fact is, I’m gay," writes veteran reporter Anderson C…
Anderson Cooper: "In a perfect world, I don’t think it’s anyone’s business, but I do think there’s value in standing up & being counted."The Daily Beast
To a lot of people, Anderson’s “coming out” wasn’t a surprise at all:
anderson cooper came out? in a similar vein, i have a confession: i’m black. and yes, skinny, too. so now you know.Bomani Jones
Is Anderson Cooper’s "I’m gay" news really news at all?Cynthia Sin
Sky is up, ground is down, and Anderson Cooper is gay. #fbMark Morgan
So Anderson Cooper admits he’s gay?  This is as shocking as @KimKardashian showing up at the #BETAwards last night….#shockerRyan Crowley
Still, “Anderson Cooper” was a Worldwide trending topic minutes after the Huffington Post broke the story:
"Anderson Cooper" is trending worldwide. Why? http://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/7968-anderson-cooper-the-fact-is,-i-m-gay http://pic.twitter.com/EPb2M18fRappler
Other users couldn’t help but crack jokes related to CNN (and Fox News)’s latest guffaw
CNN is reporting that Anderson Cooper is straightTimes Public Editor
Anderson Cooper Rules In Favor Of Individual Man DateRichard Lawson
Mostly though, comments were positive. 
The good thing about Anderson Cooper’s "coming out" is how old-fashioned it seems.Sarah Goodyear
That Anderson cooper article is wonderful. Bravo.Rebekah
Here are a few reactions from celebrities (both local and international):
Good for you, @AndersonCooper. You’re awesome.  http://tinyurl.com/chw8qyuNeil Patrick Harris

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