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Anderson Cooper "I wanted to join the military"

The Anderson Cooper 360 host and recent new dad gave the comments during a viewer question segment called “Ask Anderson Almost Anything” on CNN’s Full Circle.

"I think I truly embraced it, and came around to really loving the fact that I was gay, right after college.”

For AC the process wasn’t all rainbows. He went on to explain his worry that he wouldn’t be able to achieve his ambitious goals as an out gay man.

“I kind of struggled even in my teenage years and a little in college,” he said.

“The things I wanted to do at the time, you couldn’t be gay. I was interested in joining the military, but you can’t be gay and join the military.

“I felt like there were a lot of places that I was limited in travelling to for safety reasons. I just felt like there were a lot of limitations on it, and it wasn’t what I envisioned for my life.

“I imagined a family and getting married, and all those things which weren’t possible at the time, so it took me a while to kind of fully embrace it.”

But there came a breaking point for Cooper’s life in the closet.

“At a certain point, about a year after college, I realized… I don’t want to waste any more time worrying about this, and wishing I was some other way, and I want to embrace who I am.

“As I’ve said before, I think being gay is one of the great blessings in my life, and it’s made me a better person and it’s made me a better reporter.

“When you feel growing up like you’re on the outside of things, and you’re kind of an observer to things and not necessarily in the mainstream, you see society from a slightly different view, and I think that can be very valuable.

“It’s enabled me to love the people that I’ve loved, and live the life that I’ve had, so I’m very blessed.”

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by Anonymousreply 1901/13/2021

🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Oh, my sides!

by Anonymousreply 101/12/2021

Who cares, Anderson?

by Anonymousreply 201/12/2021

So butch!

by Anonymousreply 301/12/2021

Love to see him in a remake of Private Benjamin!

by Anonymousreply 401/12/2021

Chile, please.

by Anonymousreply 501/12/2021

Blah blah blah.

by Anonymousreply 601/12/2021

Is Andy capable of having a man-to-man conversation with trooper Geick?

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by Anonymousreply 701/12/2021

General Cooper leads the charge to the circuit party.

by Anonymousreply 801/12/2021

R5 Indeed Chile.

Anderson's great-great grandmother, Luisa Kilpatrick, née Valdivieso Araoz, was a member of a wealthy Chilean family that had emigrated from Spain in the 17th century.

by Anonymousreply 901/12/2021

[quote]I wanted to join the military.

I re-examined my priorities when I discovered that’s the WACs had been disbanded.

by Anonymousreply 1001/12/2021

This mummy's boy is a poseur.

by Anonymousreply 1101/12/2021

Possibly, he's trying to explain why it took him so long to come out of the closet. But he was well into a successful non-military career when he finally and anticlimactically came out as gay.

by Anonymousreply 1201/12/2021

Life must have been very difficult for an heir.

by Anonymousreply 1301/13/2021

Girl, no.

by Anonymousreply 1401/13/2021

Bless his heart!

by Anonymousreply 1501/13/2021

At least he was rich in a very liberal city. He didn't have to mix with the deplorables' kids.

by Anonymousreply 1601/13/2021

Yeah, I thought about joining the military, too - as a friend said, "For all the wrong reasons"!

by Anonymousreply 1701/13/2021

All snark aside, I understand what he means by “I felt like there were a lot of places that I was limited in travelling to for safety reasons."

I still feel that today. Also, I felt there were a lot of careers and professions that were almost incompatible with being gay back then.

It was a different time, but being anti-gay was the norm in the 80's and 90's. It wasn't uncommon and it wasn't frowned upon and it sure as hell wasn't a slice of diversity that businesses wanted.

by Anonymousreply 1801/13/2021

I adore Anderson.

by Anonymousreply 1901/13/2021
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