Anderson Cooper (Finally) Comes Out

Today, Anderson Cooper announced what most suspected and some knew: he’s gay. In an email he sent to The Daily Beast, he had a few things to say about the subject:

“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’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.”

“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.”

Most remember he avoided the subject entirely in his memoir, and he has long maintained that journalists should never become the subject of the story.

Well today he gets to put all the rumors to rest and quash rampant speculation. And, no matter his reason, his coming out is of vital import to all queers. When it comes to visibility, the more the merrier. And who knows, perhaps some sad, bigoted housewife in middle America will rethink the whole gay thing because of him. That, in this writer’s humble little opinion, is where this has the potential to do the most good.

Welcome aboard, Anderson.