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02 July 2012 @ 06:24 pm
so this happened...  
I'm not really sure how many people didn't already know that Anderson Cooper is gay before he formally "came out". I do hold that if we're sending reporters to war zones, to countries where they routinely kill people for being gay, that it's not the worst idea to remain closeted.

So--for that reason and many others--Anderson Cooper's quiet announcement was a larger step forward than many might think:

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.

Yes, there is. Cooper remains a journalist with strength and integrity, and this is just another facet that demonstrates that.
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