In 2012 Anderson Cooper emailed The Daily Beast's Andrew Sullivan thoughts on his sexual orientation and gave Sullivan permission to print the email in his column. In part, it read: "I've always believed that who a reporter votes for, what religion they are, who they love, should not be something they have to discuss publicly. As long as a journalist shows fairness and honesty in his or her work, their private life shouldn't matter . . . Recently, however, I’ve begun to consider whether the unintended outcomes of maintaining my privacy outweigh personal and professional principle . . . 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."