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Anderson Cooper Comes Out: ‘I’m Gay, Always Have Been, Always Will Be’

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Jul. 2 2012, Published 5:00 a.m. ET

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By Alexis Tereszcuk - Radar Entertainment Editor

Anderson Cooper has announced that he is gay, always has been, always will be and is very happy!

The Silver Fox revealed the news in an email to his fellow journalist and friend Andrew Sullivan on the Daily Beast.

“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,” he wrote.

Read Anderson Cooper’s Entire Email To Andrew Sullivan

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Cooper, 45, explained that he has always been hesitant to reveal his sexual orientation but felt that the time had come for him to break his silence.

“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.”

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THE CNN anchor stated what he had previously never admitted.

“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.”

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