Anderson Cooper Wants You To Know That It’s Nobody’s Business That He’s Gay

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Apparently, Anderson Cooper is gay. That “news story” is making headlines this slow-news holiday week. And we’re supposed to care or something. Except that Cooper also says that it’s “nobody’s business” that he’s gay.

Which makes me wonder, if it’s nobody’s business, why the announcement? Here’s his statement sent to Andrew Sullivan in an email:

“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.”

According to Sullivan, “The visibility of gay people is one of the core means for our equality.” I don’t necessarily disagree, but beyond people being able to say they’re gay without being targeted with hateful campaigns of bigotry, I think the larger solution is to simply stop caring who people sleep with.

One of the problems with race relations is that we’re all so preoccupied with race. Stop caring what color people are, stop caring what consenting adults do with one another in their free time, and we’ll be a better society for it.

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Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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