CNN’s Anderson Cooper officially, publicly came out as gay today. Most Twitter users met the news with a “big whoop” and not much surprise.
Some, of course, questioned the timing!
People were offended by one thing, though; he came out in a Daily Beast article penned by Andrew “Uterine Forensic Expert” Sullivan. Why, Anderson, why?
Anderson Cooper explains why he chose to publicly come out now.
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.
Some Twitter users express annoyance at the fact that “coming out” is still met with breathless gasps and excitement by some. Are we past that point?
Others, again, think it is the most non-shocking news ever and of little concern.
Some fellow journalists still find it a huge deal and rally around to give Anderson Cooper support.
Well, except for Howard Kurtz. We are just shocked that he didn’t think it was a great scoop that he uncovered!
Celebrities and public figures weigh in as well, of course. Pet project and all. Plus, super cool. SQUEE!
And still others amuse themselves with the news.
Now, if only journalists would leave their political ideology out of journalism. Boy, that would be bombshell news!