Best of 2012: Anderson Cooper Comes Out

It’s been one hell of a year. We’ve seen it all—both good and bad. And for this week, we’re reminding you of all the moments that have changed the travel world and the LGBT world—our world.

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Anderson Cooper told Andrew Sullivan, columnist and gay activist of the Daily Beast: “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.” Anderson Cooper has tried to remain under the radar in regards to his sexual orientation due to privacy and the harm that could come from traveling to conservative nations. However, eventually, he felt that he had to speak out because his silence was being misinterpreted for shame. “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.” GLAAD President Herndon Graddick commented, “Even prior to coming out publicly, Anderson’s terrific work has raised awareness of inequalities facing LGBT people. I’m proud to call him my friend. He’s a role model to millions and now will inspire countless others.” [Eonline]

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