”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.
“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.”
Thank you, Anderson Cooper. We recognize that this is something you haven’t discussed publicly in the past, not because you were ashamed, but because it is a private issue (as it should be). But there are a lot of kids who are being made to feel ashamed today and can now look at you and understand the reality behind the phrase “It Gets Better”.
(PS AC: I’m fighting for the right for you to get married, by the way. No need to send me a card, just a little tilt of your head on your show would be fine, something just you and I will connect on. If I get invited to your wedding, it should be “plus guest”. Thank you.)