News reporter says he is 'gay' and 'proud' after publicly announcing his sexuality for the first time
CNN journalist Anderson Cooper has come out, saying he is ‘gay, always have been, always will be’.
The US news anchor told The Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan in an email that ‘couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud’.
Cooper’s announcement follows a report in Entertainment Weekly which discussed the trend for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people in the public eye to come out in a less sensationalist manner.
‘I’ve always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly,’ the 45-year-old wrote.
‘As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.’
Cooper adds that he has always avoided answering questions about his sexuality, but he says he recently began to reconsider whether ‘the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle’.
He said: ‘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.’