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Anderson Cooper Coming Out

On Coming Out

Thomas Naples | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Thomas Naples

It makes me sad and frustrated that anyone needs to "come out" at all. However, I realize now that being "out" to family, friends, colleagues, professors, the Internet, etc. helps them get to know me and helps me be more comfortable with the way I am.

Gay Bash

Dar Dowling | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Dar Dowling

Does the fact that you live a good life, are kind, work hard -- or are a hero as in Sally Ride's case -- become moot because you don't come out? I hope not.

WATCH: Michelangelo Signorile Visits CNN's 'Reliable Sources' To Chat About Anderson Cooper's Coming Out

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

Anderson Cooper may have delivered the most ho hum coming out ever last week when he made the revelation in an email to the Daily Beast's Andrew Sulli...

Coming Out Wasn't Always So Easy For Gays Working In News Media

Chuck Gomez | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Chuck Gomez

As recently as 1989, tolerance for gays and gay jounalists was hardly prevalent. I would cringe at the gay jokes in the newsroom. A few years earlier I overheard a colleague tell a cameraman, "You better watch when you interview those gays. You don't want to catch AIDS, you know."

Unlike Anderson Cooper, Many Out LGBT Journalists Paid The Price, Paved The Way

Andrew Miller | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Andrew Miller

It is not Cooper who will clear the career paths for a new crop of out gay men and women; it is those journalists who paved the way for Anderson Cooper's career, which has been largely free of the burden of anti-gay discrimination. They are the original risk takers and role models.

Come Out, Come Out, Whatever You Are!

Noah Baron | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Noah Baron

Those of us who were lucky enough to be born into climates safe for us -- because of where we live or because of the identity we have -- have a moral obligation to be out (and yes, I'm looking at you, closeted celebrities). Cowardice and "privacy" are no excuse.

On Anderson Cooper And The 'Private Lives' Of LGBT People

John Becker | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
John Becker

How often do we hear about the boyfriends/girlfriends, fiancés, spouses, or even the one-night stands of our straight friends and co-workers? Yet as soon as LGBT people enter into the discussion, love and sexuality become a matter of a person's "private life"? Give me a break.

Cultural Comfort Levels: Anderson Cooper, Coming Out And Visibility

Waymon Hudson | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Waymon Hudson

Visibility is why coming out is still a vital part of the fight for equality. Having a high-profile LGBT person come into people's living rooms daily and doing their job well can help remove some of the "otherness" of gay people and increase cultural comfort levels.

Why Do We Wait To Come Out?

Zinnia Jones | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Zinnia Jones

Even after we've come to understand who we are and become truly comfortable with ourselves, that final leap to public openness can still be daunting, no matter how much time we've had to prepare.