I’d Like to Thank the Gays

Remember when Lady Gaga said that on live TV? I thought it sounded insulting, until one of my own gays explained that she used the words ironically.

Watching Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti tonight, I was struck anew by his charisma, courage, and palpable warmth. He manages to convey such genuine emotion without sacrificing professionalism. He is the essence of calm and confidence. He is hunky in a tight black t-shirt. And all the time, he’s as gay as the day is long!

I want Andy to come out. I know, I know, he’s not in the closet, but he’s not totally out yet, not officially. I can understand the notion that he doesn’t have to share his sexual orientation. There is dignity is keeping your private life to yourself, god knows, especially in this age of blubbering celebrity confessions.

But Anderson Cooper needs to let “Middle America” know that this is what a gay man looks like. He’s not some Other who’s threatening their Way of Life. He would give gay teenagers someone to look up to, a role model to guide their way. Does he owe it to gays to come out?

I think he does.   Because if he doesn’t, he’s implying that it needs to be a secret. And that has to change.

A popular blogger ‘came out’ recently to reveal that she’s been diagnosed with MS. She is aware that society feels uncomfortable around people with incurable illness, and people in chronic pain. But she empowered herself (even though I still hate the word “empowered”) by speaking up. Now, more people will feel okay about being who they are.

Everyone needs to practice tolerance and acceptance. We should condemn only stupidity and narrow-mindedness. I don’t know if it’s PC to call myself a fag hag, but I do love my gays and I want them to get married so I can nag them to let me be Best Man at the wedding.

Should Anderson Cooper come out? Or should he keep quiet like Tom Cruise, John Travolta and George Clooney?

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34 Responses to I’d Like to Thank the Gays

  1. Alicia says:

    O_O

    Do not sully my fantasies of Andy Cooper with this talk.

    HUMPH!

  2. Sister Wolf says:

    Alicia – I understand. In my fantasy, he likes boys AND girls.

  3. hammie says:

    If you get Best Man I get to be Maid of Honor. xx

  4. enna. says:

    If you don’t mind my asking, who is the blogger with MS? I live with a chronic illness too, and would love to show some support.

  5. Mrs. Shreck says:

    Sister Wolf, Remember that glorious dream I had of the fabulous cocktail party at Mar-a-Lago which was partially submerged in the globally warmed seas in which the beautiful Mr. Cooper came on to both me and Mr. Shreck. Whew! [fanning self] Talk about a fantasy!

  6. arline says:

    All my gay boyfriends call me a fairy princess. They gave that term to me.

    I love my gay boys. I would marry one of them, but I like sex, and need to be with a man who is not repulsed by the female genitalia.

    No matter what guy enters in to my world, he will have to accept my boys as well.

  7. As I am in “total” support of the gay community and am proud to say have many gay friends I support their right to “stay’ in the closet if they so wish. In the case of Anderson Cooper what does his sexual orientation have to do with ANYTHING. Yes he is intelligent, extremely attractive, a great journalist and did I mention “HOT” I would like to believe that those attributes with the exception of “HOT” ( although I do so enjoy looking at him) are far more important to the public than his sexuality. I say Anderson do what works for YOU.

  8. boops says:

    I think Anderson Cooper should do what he feels is right for him.

  9. annemarie says:

    i don’t think he’s gay. but either way, i don’t care.

    re: people coming out of closet. i think that in a truly evolved society, issues of what gender you like to fuck would not and should not be of any interest to people. it’s invasive, prurient and kinda smutty. of course, middle america is far from evolved, so i guess i agree with you, but reluctantly.

  10. andrea says:

    He IS definitely gay, because I know one of the CNN reporters (cannot divulge name) and he confirmed it. Not that there’s anything wrong with it.

  11. andrea says:

    Oh, and he should do whatever he wants. But of course, it would be so helpful to the gay community as a whole if he came out. Who knows, maybe CNN is preventing him from being more open about it.

  12. I agree with you Sister about Anderson Cooper. He’s sort of half in, half out and it would be great for “middle America” to know for sure that he’s gay.
    But George Clooney? Say it isn’t so!

  13. slimeylimey says:

    I cant believe you are saying that g. Clooney bowls from the gasworks end! I thought he was a slave to the vadge, like myself. Oh well. Send Arline over wouldja sister?

  14. Mark says:

    I wish there had been openly gay, smart, sexy, media figures when I was in high school. My only gay role model was a lecherous teacher with halitosis. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons I didn’t come out of the closet ’til I was almost 30.

    Anderson Cooper doesn’t have to come out with a big fanfare. He could just make-out with me in front of the Barracuda on 22nd Street in Chelsea until the paparazzi shows up.

  15. Iron Chic says:

    I was just praising Anderson Cooper over breakfast yesterday..it just came out of nowhere too. I think it is because Campbell Brown is downright fake by comparison. I want to punch her in her phony, faux-compassion, smug face. What a stupid heartless bitch.
    Way to go Coop!

  16. Aja says:

    I know he’s gay too. (One of my friends also confirmed it through a friend who use to work at CNN). Truth is, I think he should do whatever he feels. And it appears he’s doing just that. Props to you Anderson for being wonderful.

  17. Bevitron says:

    I love Anderson Cooper and want him for my very own – I don’t care what he does. I’d just find him a wonderfully charming and decorative addition to my surroundings which, at present, lack all charm and decoration. I’d listen to him talk about his dates & boyfriends all day.

    It’s always seemed strange to me that people have any desire to pry around in other people’s sex stuff, but I guess humans are just constructed that way, kind of. One thing’s fer sher, the best way to invite intense curiosity is to never mention something. That always drives drives the interest level WAY up. If you yakked about your sex partners freely, everybody couldn’t wait for you to shut the fuck up about it. I’d like to see him start mentioning it, just a little. It’d be good for us, ’cause then we could all forget about it and just love on his adorable self.

  18. gretchen says:

    a big part of why the man is so attractive to people on both teams is his intelligence … smart is sexy.

  19. Sister Wolf says:

    Hammie – Fine with me.

    enna – http://www.trenddelacreme.com/

    Mrs. Shreck – I’m only sorry I wasn’t there too!

    arline – One of mine calls me Doll, which I LOVE.

    Talisa – He is not only HOT, he is YUMMY ON FIRE.

    boops – You’re in good company.

    annemarie – Reluctance is accepted!

    andrea – I remember a local news anchor coming out years ago and it was a great moment. I hate to think that CNN might stand in the way of that.

    Iheartfashion – Yeah, nobody wants to think of George that way, but it’s so glaringly obvious! I just wish he would embrace it instead of going out with cocktail waitresses who all look exactly alike.

    slimey – Come on, Don’t be afraid of your attraction to George Clooney, we all love him! Arline, you are needed in NYC!

    Mark – and then he could make out with me!

    Iron Chic – Yes, Campbell is a strange one. Late last night she cried while covering reports from Haiti!

    Aja – He is wonderful.

    Bevitron – ME TOO! I’d listen to him talk about all of it. And I’d try to make him laugh, because I enjoy the way he giggles.

    gretchen – So true, thanks for reminding me. Smart is deeply attractive.

  20. Talisa says:

    Sister “Yummy” is NOT even desciptive enough and throw in the suave debonaire personality and really WHO CARES. But I will add my gay friends would totally enjoy knowing that he bats for (in a whisper) hopefully both sides.

  21. While I kind of see your point about his potential as a role model for young gays in the U.S., I don’t think it’s fair to say he owes it to anyone to be more out, either. I don’t think anyone should be shamed into silence about sex, but I also don’t think anyone should be guilted into being more vocal about sex if they don’t want to be. For some people, sex is a very personal, private matter. As a private citizen of absolutely no renown who is straight, there are no expectations on how public I make my relationships with men. As a public figure who is gay, should he be under more pressure than anyone else to air his private life? Does he really owe that level of intimate knowledge about himself to anyone?

  22. andrea says:

    I heard from a VERY reliable source close to a director that Clooney has worked with on several films that Clooney is gay. I don’t believe it, but the source was very credible.

  23. sonja says:

    George and Andy together! That would be hot!!

  24. Deni says:

    “One thing’s fer sher, the best way to invite intense curiosity is to never mention something. That always drives the interest level WAY up.”

    Thank you Bevitron!

  25. TheShoeGirl says:

    He’s so sexy. <3

    Since when do you worry about being PC? I love the term fag hag. It conjures up images of an old hag with a hairy wart on her protruding chin, chasing after gay boys to catch them with her long crooked fingers to cook them in a pot…
    no? Just me?

  26. Sandy says:

    I am going to reprint a comment from Decorno’s blog here because its seems kinda relevant and was something I needed to hear and its something I think that Arline should hear too. Sorry if it seems a little off topic SW.

    OK, Decorno, I have to address this, but it may not make it to your blog…
    Alison, sorry to hear about your main gay, but really, do you have any idea how pejorative that is?
    There is a reverse prejudice going on here that is just as evil as someone who hates the gays.
    Gays are people, stop all this “Love the Gays” bullshit, because it is completely dehumanizing. Gays are not cute little puppies. They are people who are have sex with their own sex. Nothing magical there.
    I know gays that have the shittiest taste ever, homes are awful, couldn’t dress themselves if their life depended on it. Fifty-year old men wearing fucking Abercrombie tank tops.
    Anyone old enough to recognize it will see this “Love your Gay” thing is nothing more than a retread of the episode of “Maude” where she hires Florida to be her maid. Gays are the blacks of the seventies, and all the hip sophisticated white chicks want you to know that they just LOOOOOOVE them. How could they possibly decorate without them?
    Stop.

    Here is a link to the article in question if you like (with the action happening in the comments section) http://decorno.blogspot.com/2010/01/costly-mistakes.html

  27. Sister Wolf says:

    The Raisin Girl – Yes.

    andrea – I do believe it, to me it’s a given.

    sonja – NO! George isn’t good enough for Andy!

    theShoeGirl – Me too. I’m only PC if it concerns my friends, or my kids, I guess.

    Sandy – I totally see what you mean. My BFF has assured me that you can’t generalize about gay men…”they” aren’t all witty and smart. The thing is, my friends who are gay have a quality that sets them apart from straight men. They are expressive, playful, insightful, AND they know fashion. I cherish their friendship, but not more that my other friendships. My straight friends don’t have to worry about their civil rights. That’s why being supportive actually matters.

  28. baba says:

    >>>But Anderson Cooper needs to let “Middle America” know that this is what a gay man looks like.

    No, he doesn’t. He does not owe “Middle America” anything. Let it go.

  29. Sister Wolf says:

    baba- Try harder to follow my rant: He doesn’t “owe” Middle America anything. He perhaps “owes” it to young gays to serve as a role model.

    p.s. I never let anything go until I feel like it. You can let it go, though.

  30. Ann says:

    I know for a fact Anderson Cooper is gay, as he dated a friend of mine. The friend had to break things off with him, as Anderson subjected him to such indignities as walking 10 paces behind him, not arriving to or leaving from public places together, etc. To me, that is enough of a reason to come out. You shouldn’t treat the people you date in such shoddy fashion, all in the name of putting up a front, and then expect them to want to stick around. I still like Anderson Cooper, the reporter, but I sure don’t think much of Anderson Cooper, the man who broke my friend’s heart.

  31. Sister Wolf says:

    Ann – I have seen pictures of Andy at various airports, followed by a hot young Latino. I guess it’s hard to be the object of so must lust and adoration.

  32. Sil says:

    SW, I was invited this year to the best wedding ever, the wedding from one of my best friends (boy) and his boyfriend. So much fun, and totally legal in Spain. Everybody should be able to marry with the person they love.
    And if you are ever invited to a gay wedding go!!!! Best party ever!!!

  33. Jill says:

    Did you see him on the Haitian CNN video whisking that injured child to safety?

    sigh

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