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    November 27, 2006

    Hi, I'm Anderson

    Posted by: Chris

    Andersoncooper Even thousands of miles from the U.S., standing in an airport in Salvador, Brazil, poor Anderson Cooper can't cruise guys in private.  From today's Page Six gossip report in the New York Post:

    Anderson Cooper was friendly at a Brazilian airport on Friday. "Hi, I'm Anderson," he said to the "attractive" man standing next to him at the flight connection monitors in the Salvador terminal, a spy told the Post's Braden Keil. The 25ish fellow was wearing a tight T-shirt, cut-off shorts and an earring. According to our witness, the unshaven, solo-traveling CNN star chatted for 20 minutes with the stranger before the fellow had to say goodbye and board his flight to Rio.

    Anderson Cooper is among the highest profile openly closeted celebrities — by that I mean, he is unwilling to identify his sexual orientation. (Something, by the way, no straight man in history has been unwilling to do.) He is joined in those illustrious ranks by Sean Hayes (queeny "Jack" from "Will & Grace"), Ricky Martin, Clay Aiken and former New York Mayor Ed Koch.  Talk about strange bedfellows.

    But unlike those others, Anderson has at least strongly hinted that he's gay, albeit long before he was lead anchor at CNN.  Back in the late '90s, Anderson showed up at a black-tie dinner for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in New York. Before making a presentation, he joked with the audience that he was at the event "hoping to find a date."

    Looks like all these years later, despite rumors of another Latino boyfriend, he's still doing the same.

    Hi,

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    Comments

    1. Anthony on Nov 27, 2006 5:17:36 PM:

      That's strange. I had always assumed that Sean Hayes had come out of the closet many years ago. He seems so comfortable with it. It never seemed to be an issue.

    1. Fort Lauderdale on Nov 27, 2006 6:34:09 PM:

      The rumor I heard is that CNN is requiring him to stay in the closet, not sure if that's true since CNN Anchor Thomas Roberts just came out.

    1. Queer Beacon on Nov 27, 2006 10:23:43 PM:

      Yeah, and look what happened to Thomas. He doesn't have a show and I think he is a pretty good anchor. I don't think anyone can be sure about the relationship between Thomas losing a permanent spot and his coming out, but take a wild guess...

    1. Kevin on Nov 28, 2006 8:07:34 AM:

      When I first read this item I thought, hmmmmm, where is Chris right now? Was he traveling recently? :)

    1. mark on Dec 2, 2006 7:21:55 PM:

      Kevin, honestly. I don't know if Chris has an earring, but I sincerely doubt anyone is mistaking him for a 25-year-old ...

    1. Kevin on Dec 13, 2006 1:54:34 AM:

      LOL!!! Aww well, with the right lighting....

    1. Citizen Crain on Dec 13, 2006 8:26:45 AM:

      Here's hoping that Kevin suspected I was the one who ratted out Anderson, not the 20-something with an earring and Daisy Dukes... ;)

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