CNN anchor and talk show host Anderson Cooper has been named "Man of the Year" by readers of gay glossy Out
Twenty-nine percent of readers voted to give Cooper the honor.
Also in the running were former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank (9.44%), Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes (2.26%), statistician and author Nate Silver (12.58%), Glee
creator Ryan Murphy (3.09%), author and editor Dan Savage (9.66%), singer Frank Ocean (14.23%), U.S. soldier Bradley Manning (3.39%), actor Zachary Quinto (15.08%) and fashion designer Alexander Wang (1.07%).
Cooper came out gay early last year after ducking rumors for years.
In an appearance on ABC's The View
, Cooper said he first came out to friends and family in high school but kept quiet publicly because his work as a CNN correspondent often takes him to places where violence against gay people is routine.
"I wanted a certain amount of privacy in my public life," he said. "Also I travel to a lot of very dangerous areas. I started as a war correspondent traveling by myself. And I didn't want to do anything that would add danger. I traveled to a lot of places where they kill gay people, and still continue to kill gay people. You know, Iraq, Afghanistan."
"But I also got to the point where I feel as a public person there is a responsibility to send the message that I'm very proud of being gay, I couldn't be happier being gay, and that you can be successful and you can be happy. And for those of us in public life, I just think it's important to make that statement."