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.
This is a good thing, and for all the reasons spelled out in Cooper’s letter, I hope his prominence and the high regard he’s held in will help the push for equality. The only thing that caught me off guard was I thought this was already public and public knowledge. I found out about Cooper’s orientation through a friend of a friend years ago, and even then it didn’t seem like it should be consequential. It never changed a thing about how I saw his reporting, my critiques of which have zero to do with sexual orientation, and more to do with the way cable news goes about its business.
So while I never thought it should matter, I think with the way the conservative elements of political parties demonise being gay, it does matter. Still, I appreciate the difficult balance between privacy - which I think everyone should have a right to defend as long as they aren’t being duplicitous (and even then only in truly exceptional cases should it be public) – and the ability of a public person to provoke healthy dialogue, and not just fuel celebrity news fodder or vitriolic political rants.
We’ll see where this goes, but I’m rooting for ‘healthy dialogue’