After years of keeping mum about his personal life, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper finally came out on July 2. "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," the Anderson 360 host wrote in an open letter posted on the Daily Beast. While Cooper said that his family, friends and colleagues (and, let's face it, everyone else) had always known he was gay, he hadn't publicly acknowledged the fact before because "in a perfect world, I don't think it's anyone else's business." But, inspired by an Entertainment Weekly story about the "casual coming-out" of other celebrities, Cooper said he realized that there "is value in standing up and being counted." And for that, we applaud him.