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... I love, and I am loved.
In my opinion, the ability to love another person is one of God’s greatest gifts, and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life. I appreciate your asking me to weigh in on this, and I would be happy for you to share my thoughts with your readers. I still consider myself a reserved person and I hope this doesn’t mean an end to a small amount of personal space. But I do think visibility is important, more important than preserving my reporter’s shield of privacy.Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH) almost immediately came out with the following tweet:
I'm left wondering why he should recuse himself? Why is it wrong for an out gay man to report on LGBT issues, but not a closeted (or semi-closeted man)? If it is wrong for LGBT people to report on issues directly affecting them, why isn't it wrong for CBN reports to renounce their Christian faith before covering their stories? What about journalism students writing for university newspapers?
There is no reason why Cooper should be barred from reporting on LGBT news stories today when they warrant coverage. To suggest otherwise just reveals the agenda of people like LaBarbera.