Rumors about Anderson Cooper’s personal life have followed the journalist for years. He’s been outed in more places by more journalists than could easily be recounted here, but throughout it all, the affable host has refused to comment on who he’s attracted to and who he’s dating. To some within the gay community, his silence has been nothing more than a man charting his own course and making his own choices, but to others, his lack of confirmation has been a bit of a betrayal, especially in light of all the high profile bullying incidents and the fight over gay marriage.

Balancing his desire to not become a story himself and his wish to further advance GLBT acceptance, Cooper has finally decided to come out and open up about his sexuality. His decision wasn’t an easy one, but if you take it from him, it was the right play. In a long, thoughtful email written to The Daily Beast this morning, the journalist chronicles all the reasons he stayed quiet before and all the reasons that compelled him to come out now. You can take a look at an excerpt below…
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.

Despite his new-found openness, Cooper vows to maintain objectivity moving forward. He’s promised to continue portraying both homosexuals and those who oppose them in fair and honest lights, and knowing his pristine reputation, it’s hard to imagine he won’t do that. Cooper has always been the picture of integrity, and this email does nothing to change that.

Pop Blend sends out its congratulations to Anderson, and its condolences to every woman who dreamed of the Silver Fox hitting on her at a party.

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