Most people know that Rachel Maddow of MSNBC and CNN’s Don Lemon are television personalities who are gay, Anderson Cooper of “Anderson Cooper 360” show on CNN added himself to the list also.

So perhaps when President Obama announced his stance on gay marriages, Cooper was one of the Spotlight personalities who endorsed the president’s stance for the ‘gay’ sect.

Cooper has shielded issues surrounding his sexual orientation from public spotlight but on Monday he finally revealed his sexual orientation.

He said he had preferred keeping his sexual orientation out of public spotlight because of personal and professional reasons and not because he is ashamed as many have been led to believe.

“It’s become clear to me that by remaining silent on certain aspects of my personal life for so long, I have given some the mistaken impression that I am trying to hide something – something that makes me uncomfortable, ashamed or even afraid. This is distressing because it is simply not true.”

“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,” he wrote in the letter, that was published by Andrew Sullivan.

“I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space,” he wrote. “But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.”

Cooper said that in a perfect world, it wouldn’t be anyone’s business, but that there is value in “standing up and being counted.”

While his employers CNN have refused to comment on the story, fans and followers have responded to the news through social networking site “Twitter” and it soon bacame a trending issue on the site.

It is little wonder then as Cooper’s show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” received an award this year from the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD).

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick would react to the news in admiration;  “Even prior to coming out publicly, Anderson’s terrific work has raised awareness of inequalities facing LGBT people. He’s a role model to millions and now will inspire countless others.”

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