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Anderson Cooper: 'I'm gay'

July 02, 2012|RedEye

While it might not come to a shock to everyone who hears it today, CNN'sAnderson Cooper confirmed to The Daily Beast that he is gay.

"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," Cooper wrote in an email to "The Dish" author Andrew Sullivan. (He had permission from Cooper to post his entire email on the website.) "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."

Cooper made his announcement in response to Sullivan's question about the trend of celebrities coming out of the closet in low-key ways.

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