Finally confirming what many suspected all along, Anderson Cooper came out of the closet Monday in a letter addressed to blogger Andrew Sullivan.
"The fact is, I'm gay," Cooper wrote, adding he hadn't confirmed the speculation for years to protect his privacy—and his personal safety. As a journalist, Cooper has made a name for himself by traveling to the latest crisis zones and global hot spots.
And he's not alone. These famous faces are using their fame to send the message that everyone can live a happy and fulfilled life without hiding who he or she is.