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Anderson Cooper: ‘Being born gay is one of the greatest blessings of my life’

Host Anderson Cooper attends the 3rd annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala benefiting J/P HRO presented by Giorgio Armani at Montage Beverly Hills on January 11, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California.
(Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for J/P Haitian Relief Organization)

CNN news anchor Anderson Cooper got personal during an appearance at UT Arlington’s Maverick Speaker Series. According to E! Online on Feb. 11, Cooper opened up about being a reporter, homosexuality and life itself.

At a very young age, Cooper told the UT Arlington crowd about the emotion he experienced losing his father and then dealing with his brother’s suicide years later. Both were subjects he translated emotionally in how he deals with life now as both an adult and as a reporter.

“Sometimes I wish I had a physical scar so people would see the pain I felt. I know what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera, and it’s not a good feeling.”

That understanding is what makes Anderson Cooper such a relatable news anchor. As he has proved at times on camera, it is hard for him to separate his own life from some of the subjects he is reporting on. He said there are time when he feel’s like his heart “is too full with the people” he has met.

Part of his growing up process and another aspect of his life he had to deal with was coming to terms with is sexuality. When asked about NFL prospect’s Michael Sam and whether he will have a tough time being an openly gay football player, Cooper used his own experience as he went public himself in 2012.

“What if the word ‘gay’ was replaced with ‘black’ or ‘Jewish’?,” he asked.

He went on to explain how comfortable he was with himself because it was apart of who he was born to be. Most importantly those close to him were supportive and contributed to that comfortability.

“Being born gay is one of the greatest blessings in my life.”

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