Anderson Cooper acknowledged to Andrew Sullivan at The Daily Beast that he is gay. Anderson has consistently had great reporting on LGBT issues, so his official coming out was never pressing — still it is great to have him on record because he is an outstanding role model for young people. Here is what he said to Sullivan:

“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.”

Cooper may have swam with great white sharks as a journalist on 60 Minutes — but they were nothing compared to the right wing sharks that will attack him. But, the LGBT community and our allies will have his back so he can continue doing what he does best — serving as a top notch news reporter.