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Anderson Cooper Breaks the Glass Closet

Anchor to receive Vito Russo Award

During the pre-July 4th news lull, he did it as quietly as possible, writing a long note for Andrew Sullivan’s blog that revealed, yes, “I am gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”

Not so quiet is Anderson Cooper’s acceptance of the Vito Russo Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in Gotham. It’s a toss-up what’s more surprising: Cooper coming out or his accepting the award in such a high-profile venue.

Back in 2007, Out magazine published a famous cover that featured Cooper and Jodie Foster for its “Glass Closet” article about famous people who lived openly as gays and lesbians but had not made a public announcement about their sexual orientation. That was a half-dozen years ago. Now, who knows? Will Foster be GLAAD’s big honoree for the org’s L.A. benefit on April 20?

As Cooper wrote back in July, “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.”

Cooper’s appearance at the awards is big, made even bigger by presenter Madonna.

On “Anderson Live,” co-host Lisa Rinna recently asked Cooper about the GLAAD Award and Madonna being his presenter.

“Madonna, are you kidding?!” he exclaimed. “I sort of don’t believe it is true! I can’t believe she’s actually going to come. I went to see three of her concerts this last tour. I’m the oldest groupie in the world. I saw her in Paris, Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden!”

No doubt about it. The guy is out.

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