Cooper came out as gay in 2012, although his sexuality had been an open secret at CNN for a long time. Unlike the scandalized reaction his grandmother’s same-sex dalliances had provoked in the 1930s, response to Cooper’s announcement was largely positive. However, Cooper revealed in an interview with People magazine in 2016 that his mother’s reaction to the news had been one of caution. She was mindful of the things leveled at her own mother during the custody battle in her childhood.
Cooper said, “We never talked about the actual moment that I had come out to her, because we both had different perceptions and understandings of what I had said.” People reported that after her painful childhood experience, Gloria had for a while assumed that same-sex relationships were “bizarre and not normal.” Thankfully, she has come to understand that there is nothing wrong with them and that, “there’s no difference. Love is love.”