But the more I've thought about it, I've decided it isn't ok for someone in his position not be fully out of the closet. It certainly seems like everyone knows he's gay, but he won't fully acknowledge it himself, coming up with lame excuses, like how:
"The whole thing about being a reporter is that you’re supposed to be an observer and to be able to adapt with any group you’re in,” Cooper told New York magazine, “and I don’t want to do anything that threatens that.”While I generally think that people shouldn't be in the closet at all, if you're going to be in the closet, you have to do it all the way. If you're going to treat your sexuality in a way that everyone knows you are queer, but you won't actually admit it, then it makes it seem like being gay is something shameful or embarrassing.
There are many people without the fame and fortune of Anderson Cooper who still manage to come out, even if that means they will face an increased risk of violence or being fired. There are enough admirable queer folks who are actually out of the closet who can serve as our role models or crushes that I think us gays should get over Cooper until he officially comes out of the closet.
The Advocate did the right thing when they used Anderson and Jodie Foster on their cover in order to call them out for their semi-closeted status. As cute and sophisticated as Anderson may be, I wouldn't want to date someone in real life who was as coy and dishonest about their sexuality as he is, so I should hold him to the same standard.
Anderson Cooper, please come out! Everyone knows you're gay, and your semi-closeted sexuality is bad for you and bad for the gay community.