Anderson Cooper: "I'm gay"

In an email exchange with The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan, CNN host Anderson Cooper tells Sullivan that he is 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," Cooper says. 
Cooper also explains that although he had always been very open about his sexual orientation to friends and family, others misinterpreted his silence: 
"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."
Cooper, who long faced criticism for not speaking out on the subject, goes on to note the importance of visibility:
"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."
"Even prior to coming out publically, Anderson's terrific work has raised awareness of inequalities facing LGBT people," said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. "I'm proud to call him my friend. He's a role model to millions and now will inspire countless others."

Anderson Cooper 360 received the GLAAD Media Award this year for Outstanding TV Journalism – Newsmagazine. The program also received GLAAD Media Awards in 2011 and 2008 for segments on LGBT issues.

Read Cooper's full interview at The Daily Beast here.