There's been an outpouring of support from celebrities and CNN readers alike after CNN's Anderson Cooper publicly acknowledged Monday that he's gay.
The "AC 360?" anchor wrote in an e-mail to the Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan that was posted online Monday, saying that in a perfect world, no one would care about his sexuality, but he's come to understand the "value in making clear where I stand."
"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," Cooper wrote.
His readers and fellow media personalities have commended his move to publicly come out, sharing what his friends, family and colleagues already knew:
Jesse Tyler Ferguson (@jessetyler)
"One of the reasons I look up to my friend @andersoncooper is his amazing eloquence. Very proud of him!"
Kristen Bell (@IMKristenBell)
"A bold and beautiful statement by someone who is smarter than all of us, journalist @andersoncooper."
Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks)
"Congrats for sharing your truth @andersoncooper. You'll always be the Silver Fox!"
Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH)
"Good for you, @andersoncooper. You're awesome."
Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers)
"Thrilled @AndersonCooper came out! So, THAT'S why he never wanted to date me! I would've loved having Gloria Vanderbilt as my mother-in-law."
NeNe Leakes (@NeNeLeakes)
That did it......Now I really love @andersoncooper."
Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles)
"I applaud @andersoncooper for being authentic and honest with the public. It helps others feel brave too."
Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow)
"I'm proud of you, @AndersonCooper."
Kelly Ripa (@KellyRipa)
"So proud of you @andersoncooper. Always have been, always will be."
Wanda Sykes (@iamwandasykes)
"Proud of you @andersoncooper. Thank you."
LeAnn Rimes (@leannrimes)