Anderson Cooper revealed his personal motivation for highlighting the subject of bullying in a forthcoming CNN special.
Though Cooper describes his childhood as "really lucky" in that he "wasn't picked on a lot" and "wasn't subject to bullying," he nonetheless says, "I think all of us can remember what it was like to be a kid and to feel different and to feel that you don't fit in for whatever reason."
The subject will be highlighted in "The Bully Effect: An Anderson Cooper Special," which is set to air on CNN Feb. 28. The special reportedly features the journeys of a bullied child, a grieving parent, a victim of violence, and a filmmaker turned activist.
"Whether it's bullying based on sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation ... I relate a lot to some of these kids and what they're going through," Cooper tells The Huffington Post in the video. He then pointed to the "complexity" of the bullying issue, noting, "Nobody's just a bully or a victim."
For more information on "The Bully Effect," click here.
The CNN anchor will accept the 2013 Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards ceremony at New York's Marriott Marquis on March 16. The ceremony will also mark the first time that Cooper, 45, has appeared at a public lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) related event since he came out in email to writer Andrew Sullivan last July.
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