The Gaily News: Anderson Cooper's upcoming tour includes a Tampa stop

The Emmy Award-winning journalist also recently came out, though it's been widely known for years that he's gay. During an e-mail exchange with his longtime friend and The Daily Beast blogger Andrew Sullivan, Cooper said: "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."

On the heels of Gulfport, Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa, Largo could be next on the list of Tampa Bay cities to create a domestic partnership registry. Last week at the Largo City Commission's work session, Commissioner Michael Smith, who is gay, proposed the creation of such a registry, which would extend certain rights to unmarried couples — both straight and gay.

Tickets have gone on sale for Anderson Cooper's "360 World View" tour's Tampa stop. He'll be appearing at the Straz Center on Sept. 23.

The evening will include a lecture by the CNN anchor and talk show host on his coverage of worldwide major news events, such as Hurricane Katrina, the war in Iraq, and the Egyptian uprising. This will be followed by a question and answer period. Recently, his memoir "Dispatches from the Edge: A Memoir of War, Disasters, and Survival" topped the New York Times bestseller list.

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