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It’s in to be OUT!

By Stephfon Guidry

Pride month may have only passed just a few days ago but it seems many celebrities are feeling that it is time to show their true colors. Recently CNN correspondent and host Anderson 360, Anderson Cooper had an e-mail exchange with Daily Beast columnist Andrew Sullivan saying, “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud,” (NYDailyNews.com). He later explained his reasoning for waiting to come out, “As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn’t matter.” (People.com)  Kathy Griffin, Comedienne of Bravo’s My Life on the D-List and Her new show Kathy, a longtime advocate of gay rights and close friend of Anderson Cooper weighed in on his situation. Griffin congratulates and cautions Cooper about this big move, “”The reality is that despite the very real, the very necessary, and the very life-changing process we have made in this country in treating people across the sexual orientation spectrum with dignity and respect, America – the world – is not fully represented by Chelsea in New York City.” (NYDailyNews.com) While Anderson Cooper continues to rank among the top foremost journalists in the world other young artist felt the need to come out of the closet.

Singer and songwriter, Frank Ocean, well-known for his work with artist like Beyoncé, John Legend, Justin Bieber and Kanye West. Recently, on July 4, 2012 Frank Ocean wrote an open post on his tumblr stating that he was once in love with another young man who sad to say was already in a relationship. Ocean thanked the young man for his influence and love then goes on in his blog saying, “I don’t know what happens now, and that’s alrite. I don’t have any secrets I need kept anymore… Thanks to my first love, I’m grateful for you. Grateful that even though it wasn’t what I hoped for and even though it was never enough, it was… I feel like a free man. If I listen closely… I can hear the sky falling too.” (HuffingtonPost.com) Many have tweeted their support the biggest surprise being Tyler the Creator and Russell Simmons writing on his Global Grind website, “I am profoundly moved by the courage and honesty of Frank Ocean. Your decision to go public about your sexual orientation gives hope and light to so many young people still living in fear. These types of secrets should not matter anymore.”

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