In 2012, Anderson Cooper emailed his thoughts on his sexual orientation to The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan, giving him permission to print the email in his column. In part, it read, "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. . . . Recently, however, I've begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle. . . . 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."
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