Chicago, IL —
CNN's Anderson Cooper came out as a gay man Monday in a letter posted on Andrew Sullivan's blog, The Daily Dish.
"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.
Sullivan, who is gay, asked Cooper for his thoughts on an Entertainment Weekly
article about how gay public figures are increasingly coming out in more restrained ways than in the past.
Cooper has never denied his sexuality; however, this is the first time the 45-year-old CNN anchor has publicly stated his sexual orientation.
He explained he kept his sexuality private for "professional reasons."
"I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn't mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter's shield of privacy," Cooper concluded.
In addition to anchoring CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Cooper hosts the syndicated daytime talk show "Anderson."
Cooper, who is friends with Sullivan, gave permission to post his response.
Read the full letter
on The Daily Dish.