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Anderson Cooper: “I’ve Always Known I Was Gay…It’s A Blessing”

Anderson CooperI’ve always known I was gay from the time I was a little kid—I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t aware of it, even before I knew what it was or the name of it…

If you feel like an outsider, you tend to observe things a lot more. Early on I felt very much like an observer, because I knew I was gay, I knew I was somehow different. If you learn the language of loss early, I think you seek out others who have experienced the same thing, who speak the same language of loss.

Being gay is a blessing—I couldn’t be more proud.”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper, speaking about his sexuality and how it informed his choice of career, in an interview with Huffington Post’s Michelangelo Signorile. Cooper will receive the Vito Russo award at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 16.