On his CNN program "Anderson Cooper 360" and his daytime talk show "Anderson," Anderson Cooper had often reported on LGBT issues, most recently in a week-long series about the bullying epidemic broadcast last October. Now he could be the subject of the next feature.He came out earlier this week in an email that he agreed to have published on The Daily Beast. "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."
The matter-of-fact announcement received a relatively muted reception. Maybe that’s just the way it is nowadays. His reason for coming out reflects the changed world in which we live.Though previously not wanting to be the story himself, he explained, "Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle……I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues." Cooper added, "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."
Times have clearly changed. Remember the outcry when Ellen de Generes came out in April 1997? It got her on the cover of Time magazine.
Nowadays the reporting of comings out have become much more low key and downbeat. Frank Ocean, member of avant-garde hip-hop group Odd Future, simply came out to his blog, revealing disarmingly that his first love was a man he met four years ago.
"I was 19 years old. He was too. We spent that summer and the summer after, together. Everyday almost. And on the days we were together, time would glide. Most of the day I’d see him, and his smile. I’d hear his conversation and his silence … until it was time to sleep. Sleep I would often share with him. By the time I realized I was in love, it was malignant. It was hopeless. There was no escaping, no negotiating with the feeling. No choice. It was my first love, it changed my life."
Just a few weeks ago, Jim Parsons, “Sheldon” of Big Bang Theory fame, casually slipped the news into a lengthy New York Times profile of the actor discussing his performance on Broadway in the play "Harvey."
Jim Parsons with Todd Spiewak, his partner of ten years.
The old days of “Yup, I'm gay,” are long gone. Nowadays, “I’m gay, so what?” supplies the more likely litany.
Lustralboy welcomes the evolution. And reminds readers of the iconic Stonewall line: "Some people are gay. Get over it." Maybe, at last, quite a few people do.
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