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Madonna to present Anderson Cooper with GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award

Sunday, March 3, 2013

NEW YORK — The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) announced that Madonna will present CNN’s Anderson Cooper with an award for openly gay media professionals.

Anderson Cooper with Madonaa
Image: Anderson Cooper Live

GLAAD told The Associated Press on Saturday that the singer has been chosen to give Cooper the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 16.

The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly LGBT media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

The Award is named for Vito Russo, a founder of GLAAD and celebrated activist with ACT UP, who chronicled the early images of LGBT people in film and in his book The Celluloid Closet. Previous Vito Russo honorees include Ricky Martin, Rosie O’Donnell, Alan Cumming, Cynthia Nixon, Nathan Lane, Cherry Jones, Elton John, k.d. lang, Brian Graden, and Tom Ford.

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says Madonna and Cooper are longtime friends who have both used their careers to support lesbian, gay and transgender people.

Cooper declined to speak publicly about his sexuality for years. But last July he gave blogger Andrew Sullivan permission to publish an email in which Cooper said he was gay and “couldn’t be more happy.”

“By sharing his own experiences as a gay man, Anderson has reminded millions of Americans that LGBT people are part of their everyday lives and an integral part of our cultural fabric,” said Graddick. “He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for journalists everywhere, and I’m proud to call him a friend.”

Associated Press contributed to this report.
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21 more reader comments:

  1. I like anderson cooper. Fuck madonna! >:(

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 8:58pm
  2. Very nice indeed. Although considering Anderson has always been openly gay the timing of the award is interesting but, if I was getting an award getting it from Madonna would be awesome!

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:00pm
  3. Yess!!! Both are bad asses:)

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:05pm
  4. Hurrah! Madonna<3 Material Girl

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:13pm
  5. Awesome! About time people get noticed and thanked for being proud of who they are!

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:18pm
  6. I have an award for Anderson…’cept I don’t wanna tick off his hubby. Love to both and Madonna.

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:18pm
  7. Anderson doesn’t deserve it! Thomas Roberts does!

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:20pm
  8. P.S. Anderson was never openly gay. He only recently acknowledged it publicly after years of those who live in NYC privy to his open secret when he goes around with different men. Few outside of NYC had any idea!

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:22pm
  9. how droll Kathy Griffith would be a much better presenter.

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 9:31pm
  10. Congrats

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 10:24pm
  11. Bruce, since when has Anderson been “openly” gay? I mean, we always knew he was gay, but he wasn’t open about it until recently. I like Anderson a lot, but let’s keep things in perspective.

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 10:28pm
  12. Either way, CONGRATS to Anderson!

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 10:29pm
  13. Oh, and kudos to Madonna for always supporting the LGBT community. She’s always been ahead of the time.

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 10:34pm
  14. I am surprised that Ellen Degeneres was not listed as a recipient of this award…. Hmmm

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 10:35pm
  15. Ok, he covered up the fact that our hijacked government is backing and has backed the homophobic, female-genital-mutilating, child-molesting al-qaeda in Libya, Syria and Malawi among other places. He should receive *NOTHING*! Where’s his independent youtube video exposing this? Amber Lyon did it (regarding what cartoon news network asked her to cover up in Bahrain)! Why can’t he?

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 11:01pm
  16. And where the Hell is Ms. Ciconne’s voice on this coverup? Who the Hell is she to offer awards?

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 11:03pm
  17. Oh, by the way, she’s no Anastacia Podnebesnaya: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=psUGRi_-AHM

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 11:06pm
  18. Usually I hate people committing spamicide where it doesn’t belong but quite enjoyed thanks Sterling.

    Posted on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 11:13pm
  19. interesting.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 2:07am
  20. Well deserved!!!

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 5:18am
  21. Will our community ever stand tall and award people who have supported us continually throughout their careers instead of this empty shell of a journalist? GLAAD has become just another kiss-the-celebrity’s- ass organization. Star blinded, that’s all we are.

    Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 at 6:27am