CNN anchor and talk show host Anderson
Cooper has been named “Man of the Year” by readers of gay glossy
Twenty-nine percent of readers voted to
give Cooper the honor.
in the running were former Massachusetts Rep. Barney Frank
(9.44%), Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes (2.26%), statistician and
author Nate Silver (12.58%), Glee creator Ryan Murphy (3.09%),
author and editor Dan Savage (9.66%), singer Frank Ocean (14.23%),
U.S. soldier Bradley Manning (3.39%), actor Zachary Quinto (15.08%)
and fashion designer Alexander Wang (1.07%).
Cooper came out gay early last year
after ducking rumors for years.
In an appearance on ABC's The View,
Cooper said he first came out to friends and family in high school
but kept quiet publicly because his work as a CNN correspondent often
takes him to places where violence against gay people is routine.
“I wanted a certain amount of privacy
in my public life,” he said. “Also I travel to a lot of very
dangerous areas. I started as a war correspondent traveling by
myself. And I didn't want to do anything that would add danger. I
traveled to a lot of places where they kill gay people, and still
continue to kill gay people. You know, Iraq, Afghanistan.”
“But I also got to the point where I
feel as a public person there is a responsibility to send the message
that I'm very proud of being gay, I couldn't be happier being gay,
and that you can be successful and you can be happy. And for those
of us in public life, I just think it's important to make that