Anderson Cooper talks about coming out with Kristen Chenoweth

Says Anderson: “It just got to the point where — I’ve been torn for a long time between a desire as a reporter to just do my job and be known as a reporter — and at the same time I do think visibility is important. I do think that the tide of history only moves forward when everyone is fully visible.

“I didn’t want to send a message that there was anything I was ashamed about or unhappy about or not comfortable with. That was the main thing for me. I appreciate all the support I got and all the encouragement. I am the same person I always was, I do the job just the same way.”

Animation: How To Come Out Of The Closet

I like the message AND the animation.

From How to Be a Person, The Stranger‘s new guide to life:

“Every year The Stranger puts out an issue of advice for college
students—all the things you need to know about life that everyone else
“forgot” to tell you. And now the best of this advice is collected in
How to be a Person: The Stranger’s Guide to College, Sex, Intoxicants,
Tacos, and Life Itself.”

“From which majors to avoid to how to do laundry, it’s all here,
including the very best advice about sex and love from Savage Love
columnist and It Gets Better Project founder Dan Savage.”

Howard Bragman on the “casual methods” of coming out

Good article by celeb publicist Howard Bragman on the recent spate of coming out by celebrities like Anderson Cooper and Frank Ocean in a “casual” manner.

Definitely worth reading. Check it out on the Huffington Post.

“No, do not let the casualness fool you. Most of the public figures that have come out have taken decades to reach that decision. And even if you think you already knew and their pronouncements are no big deal, I’m here to tell you it is a big deal. It’s an incredibly courageous act — the single most important thing every LGBT American can do to advance the cause of our civil rights. While we can take a moment to celebrate what we have achieved, it’s important we recommit our efforts to this cause because we have miles to go before we sleep.”

CBS News on the evolution of coming out

CBS News This Morning takes a look at the reaction to Anderson Cooper’s coming out and what is says about our changing society.

Much is different in the 15 years since Ellen DeGeneres risked her career by coming out to the world, according to the report.

Since Ellen came out, US households have gotten to know other TV gays on shows like Will & Grace, Modern Family and Desperate Housewives. I think the open portrayal of these characters has helped Americans grow more comfortable with gays in daily life.

Cooper’s announcement on Monday was hardly a surprise to anyone, and his career will likely not take a hit because of it.

Anderson Cooper comes out

“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,” Anderson Cooper writes in an email that he agreed to have published on The Daily Beast.

Cooper’s acknowledgment comes in response to a conversation with his longtime friend blogger-commentator Andrew Sullivan about Entertainment Weekly‘s recent cover story about the matter-of-fact way people in the public eye reveal their homosexuality these days. Cooper writes that despite being a public figure he’s tried to maintain a level of privacy for professional reasons. A journalist shouldn’t be the story, he’s long said.

“Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle,” he tells Sullivan. “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.”

Read more at The Daily Beast.

EW: The New Art of Coming Out

Only a short excerpt of this week’s cover story is online:

Fifteen years ago, when Ellen DeGeneres decided to come out of the closet, it was big news. Not just big: It was the cover of Time magazine, and a major story on Oprah, Primetime Live, and CNN. Last month, another star of a popular TV comedy went public with his homosexuality. But the news that The Big Bang Theory’s
Emmy-winner Jim Parsons is gay was reported with such matter-of-fact
understatement that many people’s first reaction was a quick Google
search to see if maybe he was out already and we’d all just failed to
notice.

Via Boy Culture.

Olympic hopeful Josh Dixon comes out

The United States has never had a publicly out male gymnast participate in the Olympics. Josh Dixon hopes to be the first.

The Stanford grad took a big step toward that goal at the U.S. Men’s Qualifier on Saturday in Colorado Springs, finishing second overall out of the 72 competitors. He also tied for wins in two events: floor exercise and high bar. It was a game-changing come-back performance for Dixon, who tore his Achilles tendon last spring.

Now Dixon is talking about his personal life and sexual orientation publicly for the first time. Like charging at the vault, he’s coming at it at full speed.

Even as he gets closer to his Olympic dreams, and his focus narrows more than ever on his training and competition, Dixon is ready to talk about his sexual orientation.

In his sophomore year at Stanford, one of his best friends on the gymnastics team at the University of Illinois came out to him. Dixon reciprocated the revelation; Instantly, they had a mutual support structure with another gay collegiate athlete.

When he started exploring his sexuality in his junior year, he quickly learned he wasn’t the only gay male athlete at Stanford, as he was soon dating another varsity athlete. When some members of the gymnastics team noticed Dixon was spending a lot of time with one particular friend, Dixon said they were quite comfortable bringing it up.

“Who’s this guy you’ve been hanging out with?” One of them asked.

Josh told them he was dating the other male student.

“Oh that’s cool,” was the response.

In fact, Dixon said he has not had a single negative response “in any way, shape or form.” If anything, the only homophobia he has encountered has been from within himself. He acknowledges he once felt internal pressure about being a gay man in what some label the “gay sport” of gymnastics. He didn’t want to fall into a stereotype. But he’s come to embrace it, and he says his sexual orientation now makes him stand out more at the elite level. While he stands out, he isn’t the only one. Dixon knows of at least three more still competing in college, and he says he is not the only elite-level American gymnast who is gay.
(via outsports.com)

Kristy McNichol comes out

Best known for her Emmy Award-winning role as Buddy Lawrence in the ’70s show Family and later as Barbara Weston in Empty Nest, Kristy McNichol left it all behind when she dropped out of Hollywood to focus on her health.

McNichol, 49, who has lived with her partner Martie Allen, also 49, for the past two decades, decided to make a statement about her sexuality and share this photo because she is “approaching 50” and wants to “be open about who I am.”

She “is very sad about kids being bullied,” her publicist Jeff Ballard tells PEOPLE. “She hopes that coming out can help kids who need support. She would like to help others who feel different.”

Done with acting, McNichol spends her time focusing on tennis, yoga, travel and raising her beloved miniature dachshunds. “She is very happy and healthy,” says Ballard. “And she enjoys living a very private life.”