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Anderson Cooper comes out: “I’m gay, always have been, always will be”

The Mole host–and CNN host, talk show host, and 60 Minutes contributor–Anderson Cooper has come out as gay. This isn’t a surprise, since this has been not just rumored but reported as fact for years, and he’s even vaguely joked about it with Ryan Seacrest.

It’s mostly newsworthy only because he’s refused to discuss his sexuality publicly for so long, despite discussing other parts of his personal life.

He addresses that in an e.mail message to The Daily Beast’s Andrew Sullivan, in which Anderson wrote, in part,

“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. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter. I’ve stuck to those principles for my entire professional career, even when I’ve been directly asked ‘the gay question,’ which happens occasionally. 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.

…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 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.”

Excellent, and good for him. Now ditch that not-so-great talk show and come back to The Mole.

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