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.

Anderson Cooper in an email to Andrew Sullivan (Anderson gave Andrew permission to post the email, which you can read in its entirety on The Dish). (via newsweek)

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’ 

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