US: Gay blogger Andrew Sullivan quits the Daily Beast

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Andrew Sullivan, one of America’s highest-profile gay political bloggers, has announced he is parting ways with the Daily Beast in order to start a new subscription-based site.

The Beast was launched in 2008 by Tina Brown, the former editor of Vanity Fair, and Sullivan has been a leading contributor to the US news site.

On Wednesday, Sullivan said that he and executive editors Patrick Appel and Chris Bodenner have formed an independent company called Dish Publishing LLC that will charge for content and launch next month.

Although a self-described political conservative, Sullivan has blogged extensively from a progressive position on LGBT equality.

He achieved one of the biggest US LGBT news scoops in 2012, when Anderson Cooper, CNN’s star presenter confirmed to Sullivan in an email that he happened to be gay.

Cooper said his longstanding silence on the question of his sexual orientation was motivated in part by his personal desire for privacy and for his neutrality and personal safety as a journalist.

Sullivan, 49, a British ex-pat originally from Surrey, is also a columnist for the UK’s Sunday Times.