MISTAKEN IMPRESSION. "I did not address my sexual orientation in the memoir I wrote several years ago because it was a book focused on war, disasters, loss and survival. I didn't set out to write about other aspects of my life.
"Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle.
"It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something — something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid.
"This is distressing because it is simply not true.
VIOLENCE AGAINST SEXUAL ORIENTATION. "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.
"I AM GAY." 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.
"I have always been very open and honest about this part of my life with my friends, my family, and my colleagues.
"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.
PROMOTING THE TRUTH. "Since my early days as a reporter, I have worked hard to accurately and fairly portray gay and lesbian people in the media — and to fairly and accurately portray those who for whatever reason disapprove of them.
"It is not part of my job to push an agenda, but rather to be relentlessly honest in everything I see, say and do.
"I’ve never wanted to be any kind of reporter other than a good one, and I do not desire to promote any cause other than the truth.
I AM LOVED. "Being a journalist, traveling to remote places, trying to understand people from all walks of life, telling their stories, has been the greatest joy of my professional career, and I hope to continue doing it for a long time to come.
"But while I feel very blessed to have had so many opportunities as a journalist, I am also blessed far beyond having a great career.