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Anderson Cooper Shows Support for Michael Sam; Says Being Born Gay is a Blessing

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02/14/2014 11:25 pm
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Robert Dominic Ventre II

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Speaking to a crowd of over 6,000 at the University of Texas at Arlington on Monday, February 10th, famed CNN news anchor and television personality Anderson Cooper declared to his audience, “Being born gay is one of the great blessings of my life.” Cooper was invited to appear the at University as a part of its Maverick Speakers Series, where “the leading voices of our time” are able to espouse their opinions and beliefs regarding the most prominent issues of today. Per the UTA website: “Because such important discussions need a variety of perspectives, the Maverick Speakers Series invites opinions from all sides, with topics as diverse as the people who present them. And because unrestricted access to such exchanges encourages insight and enrichment beyond the UT Arlington campus, all lectures are free and open to everyone.” During his time on stage, Cooper spoke of his 20+ year career in journalism, as well as subjects more personal to him, such as dealing with the passing of his father at a young age, as well as the tragic suicide of his elder brother, Carter Vanderbilt Cooper. According to Advocate.com, after being asked whether or not he felt it was unusual that in 2014, an athlete's admittance to homosexuality could cause such a stir, Anderson responded, "It's not strange to me at all," later referring to the rampant abuses in countries such as Iran and Nigeria as examples of what the LGBT community faces elsewhere in the world. "We're getting to a time in the United States where nobody can say they don't know somebody who's gay, whether it's a family member or somebody in the public eye ... and I think that has a certain power and a certain impact." Cooper said. The author and journalist went on to applaud Michael Sam's bravery, having come out just before the NFL draft – a decision that will undoubtedly affect his standing amongst both the teams and their players: "He's definitely going to drop down in the draft because of this — there's going to be a lot of teams that absolutely will not have him, a lot of players who absolutely will not allow this in the locker room." As he spoke of Sam's decision and its impact, Cooper began to substitute other words in place of “gay”, such as “Christian”, “Jewish”, or “Black”, in order to illustrate the fact that the NFL once had other firm barriers in place that have since been eliminated. "I do think this is part of the arc of history and part of the civil rights movement," stated Cooper. You can watch Cooper's discuss his opinions below:

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