CNN journalist Anderson Cooper has come out, saying he is ‘gay, always have been, always will be’.
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.’