Role models of greatness.

Here you will discover the back stories of kings, titans of industry, stellar athletes, giants of the entertainment field, scientists, politicians, artists and heroes – all of them gay or bisexual men. If their lives can serve as role models to young men who have been bullied or taught to think less of themselves for their sexual orientation, all the better. The sexual orientation of those featured here did not stand in the way of their achievements.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Anderson Cooper

Cooper Makes Joke about His Being Gay

After taking his boyfriend to a very public Hollywood Oscar party last year, Anderson Cooper poked fun of his own gayness while co-hosting Live with Regis and Kelly. As he often does, Cooper stepped in to fill Regis Philbin’s seat on the morning TV show. Kelly Ripa and Cooper were doing a segment where the CNN anchor was answering questions from viewers, and Kelly produced a yearbook picture of Anderson that clearly embarrassed him. She folded the picture up and put it down her shirt saying, "You'll never get this back."

Anderson's outrageous retort was, “Sweetie, that's the last place I'd look,” while giving the viewers some serious gay face while making the crack.

Anderson Cooper with steady companion and club owner Benjamin Maisani tooling around Manhattan.

Gratuitous photo of Ripa and her dreamy house husband Mark Consuelos.

On a trip to St. Lucia to celebrate my birthday, I spotted Kelly and Mark on the beach at the resort where I was staying. Imagine my delight to learn that they were on the same plane returning to the States at the end of my vacation. They checked in (with their kids) right in front of me. Consuelos was unexpectedly short in stature, but those teeth, that smile, that face! Oh well, I could at least boast that I swam in his water.

Trivia: He speaks Italian, not Spanish.

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