Katulad ng predicament ni Ricky Martin noon, matagal nang pinagdududahan ang sexual orientation ng American broadcast journalist at TV host na si Anderson Cooper kaya hindi naging kagulat-gulat sa nakararami ang kanyang pagtatapat na gay siya.
Sina Ellen DeGeneres at Neil Patrick Harris ang ilan sa mga openly gay at popular personalities na nagpaabot ng pagbati kay Anderson dahil sa pag-amin nito
Ang kaibigan ni Anderson, ang openly gay Catholic, book author, at blogger na si Andrew Sullivan, ang nag-publish ng kanyang admission email sa The Dish, ang blog ni Sullivan sa The Daily Beast.
Ayon kay Sullivan, dalawang dekada na ang friendship nila ni Anderson at isa ito sa mga hiningan niya ng opinyon tungkol sa emerging trend na tinalakay noong nakaraang linggo sa Entertainment Weekly: Gay people in public life who come out in a much more restrained and matter-of-fact way than in the past.
Narito ang tugon ni Cooper tungkol sa isyu:
"Andrew, as you know, the issue you raise is one that I've thought about for years.
"Even though my job puts me in the public eye, I have tried to maintain some level of privacy in my life.
"Part of that has been for purely personal reasons. I think most people want some privacy for themselves and the people they are close to.
TRYING TO BLEND. "But I've also wanted to retain some privacy for professional reasons.
"Since I started as a reporter in war zones 20 years ago, I've often found myself in some very dangerous places.
"For my safety and the safety of those I work with, I try to blend in as much as possible, and prefer to stick to my job of telling other people’s stories, and not my own.
"I have found that sometimes the less an interview subject knows about me, the better I can safely and effectively do my job as a journalist.
MY PRINCIPLE. "I've always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly.
"As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn't matter.
"I’ve stuck to those principles for my entire professional career, even when I’ve been directly asked 'the gay question,' which happens occasionally.