Journalist Anderson Cooper will be honored with the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards later this month and he will appear at the award ceremony alongside none other than Madonna herself. Maddy will be on hand to honor Coop with his award and will, by her very presence at the event, elevate the GLAAD Media Awards to the level of attention it deserves. Click below to read the full text of the press release announcement and mark your calendars for March 16! Madonna + the gays = Woot!
Madonna will appear with journalist, author and talk show host Anderson Cooper on March 16 at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo, GLAAD announced today. Cooper and Madonna are longtime friends who have both used their careers to raise support for LGBT people around the globe. “Madonna has been a passionate spokesperson and longtime supporter of gay rights. She has embraced LGBT people around the world on many occasions,” said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community’s strongest allies. We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper.” GLAAD will honor Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the New York event. The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous honorees include Ricky Martin, Rosie O’Donnell, and Elton John. The Award takes its name from legendary HIV/AIDS activist Vito Russo, who was also one of GLAAD’s founders. “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 GLAAD President Herndon Graddick. “He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for journalists everywhere, and I’m proud to call him a friend” … The GLAAD Media Awards ceremonies will be held in New York on March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis; in Los Angeles on April 20 at the JW Marriott; and in San Francisco on May 11 at the Hilton San Francisco – Union Square. Additional Special Honorees for each city will be announced in coming weeks.
This is great news. Annually, the GLAAD Media Awards honors gays and lesbians who work tirelessly to fight bullying and advance gay visibility. I’ve been honored to attend the awards in years past and I can assure it, it’s a great event. I cannot even imagine how crazy the NY awards ceremony will be with Madonna in the house this year. This is great, great news.