The Irony About Anderson Cooper's Boyfriend's Supposed Indiscretion

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When photos leaked of Anderson Cooper's boyfriend Ben Maisani kissing another man in public, I thought two things:

(1) Maybe they have an open relationship. In fact, they do, according to the Daily News! It's just the existence of the photos that apparently irks the twosome, not what they represent.

(2) This whole brouhaha is a little bit ironic because if Anderson hadn't been out of the closet, a lot of the old-school print media wouldn't have covered this.

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Gawker And The Guardian Credit Me With Groundbreaking Anderson Cooper Reporting

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CNN superstar Anderson Cooper came out yesterday, and I felt it was a major move, if such a long time a-coming that I've turned gray (and it doesn't look quite as dashing as it does on Anderson).

In fact, Gawker's Max Read just did a history of Anderson coverage and noted the early importance of my Village Voice writings, starting way back in 2003.

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In 2004, I Said Anderson Cooper Should Come Out!

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And that at the very least the media should address the subject rather than carefully evade it the way he was doing!

And in 2005, I wrote this column detailing the angry responses I got, while shooting down each one with plain old common sense.

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Anderson Cooper Talks About His Dead Brother, But Not You Know What

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Anderson Cooper has long said that he won't address his private life because he doesn't want to be the story.

But he'll talk about the tragedy of his dead brother.

Somehow that's more reportable than the way happier tale of Anderson's gayness and love relationship.

Next Monday, on his daytime talk show, the anchor-slash-chat-host will air an episode where he and his mother, the high-cheekboned Gloria Vanderbilt, reminisce about past horrors.

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Anderson Cooper's A Biker Like Me

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Anderson Cooper and I have so much in common.

Our moms are world-famous socialites, though mine is only the queen of lower Brooklyn.

Our bodies are in exactly the shape we want them, though in my case, that involves looking like a human beanbag chair.

And we both have connections to the bar Eastern Bloc, though I'm simply an occasional customer, not an intimate part of the family.

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Anderson Cooper and Boyfriend Go To Gay Party

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CNN's charismatic Anderson Cooper and his boyfriend, club owner Ben Maisani, turned up at the gayest party in town on Wednesday night.


It was gay club promoter Josh Wood's birthday bash in a suite at the Chelsea Hotel, and I hear it was attended by a glittery bunch of males, plus two women and one person who doesn't want to be categorized.

In other words, it was even more gay-male-heavy than a Thai restaurant in Hell's Kitchen. 

This normally wouldn't be news, except that Anderson doesn't go to that many expressly gay events anymore (though he's as gay as ever in his choice of topics to cover on the tube).

And by the way, I hear he talked to a lot of people at the party--but not porn titan Michael Lucas, who knows him and thought getting dissed was weird.

At least he was invited! I wasn't, even though I named Josh Wood "the best gay promoter in NYC" last year!


"That's So Gay!"

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I was the first one to lambast this expression some years ago, a phrase which is used to denote something tacky, sad, awful, and tasteless.

I thought the phrase itself was appalling, and couldn't believe it was being used by people who would surely never have the nerve to publicly say things like "That's so black!" or "That's so Jew!"

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Anderson Cooper Will Soar as the New Phil Donahue

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Technically, Anderson Cooper will be the new Oprah, since he's pretty much jumping into daytime talk TV next fall in the wake of the chat queen's dramatic exit.

But he's more like Phil Donahue -- gray-haired, compassionate, with a healthy sense of humor, and a supportive spouse.

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A Sneak Peek at the Splashy "Gay Urban Resort" on 42nd Street

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CLICK HERE for my column in which I describe an early-stages walking tour of The Out NYC, the hotel complex where every gay in the world will converge next year -- or at least every gay I know.

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Kathy Griffin Addresses Anderson Cooper's Sexuality

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CLICK HERE to devour the new column, which reports that Kathy Griffin was asked by a journalist about Anderson Cooper's love life, and my name came up in the question!

In the same column, I broke my rule of never speaking to a reality show star by chatting up The Real Housewives Of New York City's Countess LuAnn de Lesseps.

And she told me to get a massage!

That's it! I'm going back to my no-reality-star rule!


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