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CNN won't comment after star journalist Anderson Cooper publicly announces he is gay

ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK -- Anderson Cooper revealed on Monday that he is gay, ending years of reluctance to talk about his personal life in public.

The CNN journalist wrote in an online letter that he had kept his sexual orientation private for personal and professional reasons, but came to think that remaining silent had given some people a mistaken impression that he was ashamed.

"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 in the letter, published by Andrew Sullivan of the Daily Beast.

Cooper, the son of Gloria Vanderbilt, had long been the subject of rumors about his sexual orientation. He said that in a perfect world, it wouldn't be anyone's business, but that there is value in "standing up and being counted."

"I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn't mean an end to a small amount of personal space," he wrote. "But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter's shield of privacy."

CNN said it would not comment, and that Cooper was on assignment and there were no plans for Cooper to discuss it on the air.

Few national television news reporters have publicly acknowledged being gay, with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and CNN's Don Lemon perhaps the best known.

Cooper's show, "Anderson Cooper 360," received an award this year from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

"Even prior to coming out publicly, Anderson's terrific work has raised awareness of inequalities facing LGBT people, said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "He's a role model to millions and now will inspire countless others."

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Wow this is a complete surprise.

Batty mon!

What next? Tom Cruise is gay? No freakin way.....

Basically, gays are taking over the world. Excuse me while I vomit...

LOL

Damn, everyone is freaking gay these days. I think being gay is becoming a fad in America.

I feel I am a wrong guy: 35 years married, children, grandchildren, not a gay! How stupid I am. It is such easy to declare yourself a gay: respect, love, benefits. Do not touch them! NO any responsibility about children. All money spends to you. Fun, perfect, wise. Shame on me!

I don't understand why they continue to try to act like being gay is some sort of race it's a sexual preference Who cares what u do behind closed doors

It's best that CNN doesn't comment. It's really not their place to do so. Anderson, you've broken this straight black girls heart. Good luck to you going forward in whatever you do.

"Won't comment" is a bit of a loaded way to put it; an employer shouldn't have anything to say about an employee's sexuality. What are you implying they want to say?

A gay news reporter on CNN! Wow!

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CNN is loosing a larger number of his viewers and Mr. Cooper comes out of the closet to save the day by saying " I am GAY! " . He saved CNN... Hmm, I will keep watching the Gay FOX....

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