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deep thought (re Tyler Clementi and Anderson Cooper)

Imagine the power of Anderson Cooper opening his nightly CNN newscast with something like this:

I’m proud to say that I am a gay man, and so I have a personal appreciation of the hell that Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi went through before he committed suicide.

Anderson Cooper 360 spent a lot of time on the sad Clementi story tonight, as well as the spate of suicides this week by gay teens who were taunted and bullied. It could have been even more compelling and convincing than it was.

Time for every public figure who’s gay to come out of the closet, proudly and publicly. It’s the only way to combat the bullshit.

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