Anderson Cooper ‘GLAAD’ to Be Gay

Amien Essif

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In his acceptance speech at the GLAAD Media Awards, Anderson Cooper (wiping Madonna’s lipstick from his mouth) tells the story of how he became a journalist and credits the heroes” of LGBT journalism–Vito Russo, Harry Hay, Frank Kameny, and Audre Lorde, to name a few – for his presence on stage for the 24th annual ceremony. I’ve benefited from what they and so many others have done; what they have spoken up for…been arrested and fired for; been beaten and bloodied and bruised for.”

On a less rosy note, see Dustin Goltz’ piece on InThe​se​Times​.com criticizing how gay elders are portrayed–including in shows that earned GLAAD awards.It’s not all tragedy and martyrdom in the world of LGBT journalism, however, Anderson made sure to state: I’ve had so many blessings in life, and being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings.”

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Amien Essif is a regular contributor to Working In These Times and maintains a blog called The Gazine, which focuses on consumerism, gentrification, and technology with a Luddite bent. His work has also appeared on the Guardian and CounterPunch. You can find him using Twitter reluctantly: @AmienChicago
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