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.

More from The Daily Beast article.

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!

  • NCR Elite

    this is like Richard Simmons coming out of the closet

  • RIChris

    I haven’t been this surprised since Rosie O’Donnell came out.

  • taternuggets

    Now if he could only come out as relevant.

  • lehnne

    who is Anderson Cooper

  • Emerson

    I thought that was official years ago.

  • MarcAllenJohnson

    CNN trying to gin up some ratings? Who gives a flying flip that Mr. Cooper enjoys placing things where most sane people would never think of going.

  • rbeccah

    If Anderson Cooper came out and admitted he’s an albino, THAT would be news. #whocares

  • owenmagoo

    I guess well never see AC360 do an investigative report on american homosexuals who frequent asian countries where underage male prostitution is available.

  • edge_of_the_sandbox

    Who’s Anderson Cooper?

  • daehler-untermensch

    Is he coming out as the babe or the dude?

  • kentercat

    When he made his “It’s hard to talk when you’re teabagging” slur on the TEA Party, I had assumed he was just descriibing his contract negotiations at CNN.

  • Joe W.

    Just another fairy flitting openly in the breeze. Why do gays always spew that they are “proud”?? What is there to be proud of when you lead a vulgar life style?

  • radioone

    Anything to boost those CNN viewers.

  • Elaine

    Who knew? lol EVERYONE?

  • Tim Johns

    Gay and white, does that disqualify him from that universities “ashamed to be white” skit?
    If so I would sue.

  • Jaynie59

    Wow. The ratings on his daytime show must be pretty bad for him to come out now so he has an excuse for being cancelled.

  • SuperstionQueen

    Yawn. Melissa C. said it best–stop coming out, we don’t care. Funny how they keep advancing the narrative that they just aren’t accepted in society, when in fact, our media, politicians and otherwise over-involved individuals throw it in your face, demand you not just accept it—–but bow down to it, and yet, claim to need to hide their sexuality when it comes time to boost their ratings.

    • palintologist

      !!! 11ty !!!!!

  • radjahshelduck

    So does CNN have any plans to have Anderson Cooper and Don Lemon do a newscast together?

  • palintologist

    Anderson, gay? *clutches pearls*

  • David Govett

    You watch CNN?

  • MJD

    Anderson Cooper coming out as gay is akin to Obama coming out as socialist. Duh. Meanwhile, before we get to the weather forecast, in other news, the constitution today was nullified…

  • DoctorZin

    Dude, I can’t believe Alice Cooper is gay.

  • Grumpa Grumpus

    why is this my business?

    Homo-pride that forces one to blather their preferences across the ether always struck me as being on a par with having insufferable pride over growing your own toenails…

  • Fat_Man

    In the 19th century they called homosexuality: “the love that dare not speak its name”, now we can call it: “the love that will not shut up”.

  • Googie Bergdorff

    I didn’t even know he was in the closet.

  • digitalPimple

    OK. I’m straight. Always have been and always will. wow feel so much better…

  • marine37

    I always thought he was a homosexual.