I think he's hot too. But then I love premature gray hair in general.
OBVIOUSLY he's a friend of Dorothy's! Like, duh. How could any son of Gloria Vanderbilt not be?
In general I've always taken an understanding position on public figures and the issue of being out. People in the public eye do not have the luxury of everyday privacy like we do, and I felt it wasn't fair of me to expect them to make the same decisions I would make. But we've past the point in history where it's cool to be in the closet anymore really. That's not to say that famous queers should have to run around telling everyone, but I think powerful gay celebrities of this century on some level have a responsibility to be out and proud for the sake of the gay civil rights movement. In Anderson Cooper's case, it's not like he's Ricky Martin and the teenyboppers are going to stop buying records if he comes out of the closet. I have no doubt that CNN wants to keep Anderson's sexuality mum, but he could be a little less demure about it in interviews. That said, he's never lied about it and I completely support him. He's cool.