CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has come out as a gay man.
In an email to Andrew Sullivan of The Daily Beast, the reporter revealed his sexual orientation, and explained that he chose to keep his personal life private for largely professional considerations.
In the email, Cooper writes:
Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I've often found myself in some very dangerous places. For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own. I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist.
Cooper also wrote, "As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn't matter."
The CNN host also explained that recent hot-button issues prompted him to be more open about his identity.
I’ve also been reminded recently that while as a society we are moving toward greater inclusion and equality for all people, the tide of history only advances when people make themselves fully visible. 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.
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.
Read the full story at The Daily Beast.
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