Madonna To Honor Anderson Cooper At GLAAD Media Awards

MadgecooperMadonna will be in the house at 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards March 16th, when the queen of pop will present journalist Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award for his tireless work toward full equality.

GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement, “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. He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for journalists everywhere, and I’m proud to call him a friend.”

Despite all his wonderful work, Cooper may very well be upstaged by Madonna, who has been fighting discrimination, ignorance and hate for years and whose presence will GLAAD, Cooper and hosts Lara Spencer, Josh Elliott, and Sam Champion get their point across. If anyone can make people pay attention, it’s Madonna. She takes no prisoners.

“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,” said Graddick.

Cooper will receive his award on March 16 in New York City.


  1. says


    And while some will carp and say “he came out too late”, or something, let’s try to remember that THAT is just as important a party of this, and our collective, story.

    we were all Closeted once, to varying degrees, and the factors and fears that kept us there need to be shared and shared and shared.

    well met, Coop.

  2. Wilberforce says

    It’s the standard Hollywood rundown. Oh, he is just faabulous. And she is so wonderfull. Meanwhile, no one says anything about how corrupt the town is. None of these people would have made it through the door if they have one shred of integrity.
    That said, no one better say one word against Madge or The Silver Fox.

  3. says

    wilberforce, while i roll my eyes at those who paraphrase The Bard, yours truly was a tale told by an idiot full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

    do you have a point? methinks not. exeunt.

  4. rise says

    Two multi-millionaires slapping each other on the back. And why Anderson? He was in the closet for 95% of his career, coming out only
    towards the end of his career. What a role model…not.

    As for Madonna, haven’t we guys learnt our lesson yet? Fake female divas who use cashed-up gay men to build a personal empire worth many millions are not good for the gay community. They chew us and spit us out. They also get in the way of gay male progress on the music charts.

  5. Hello says

    With Lady Gaga out of commission, Madonna can seize the gay spotlight by honor by honoring a coward who stayed in the closet too long. At least he’s a Vanderbilt.

  6. Remote Patrolled says

    “the Vito Russo Award for his tireless work toward full equality.”

    I like Anderson Cooper and think he seems like a great guy. But he only publicly came out a year or so ago. Isn’t this award a tad premature?

  7. says

    “hello”, and “rise”, are either of you prepared to be as Out as Cooper is? meaning – that your Outness is visible to anyone in the world with internet access?

    because if not, you’re in no place to criticize him. anonymously criticizing him for not Coming Out sooner? prove you’re Out, yourself.


    you gotta love how jasontroll is now using “rise” though. that’s funny.

  8. jjose712 says

    I find surprising the fury against the people in the glass closet (Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Anderson or Jodie Foster) wichi totally disproportinate.
    They didn’t lie, they don’t date beards, they jsut simply didn’t come out as soon as some people wanted.
    It’s very curious that people who are really closeted and dating women, don’t get this kind of vitriolic reaction.

    But in most cases (Zachary or Matt are good examples) after coming out all seemed calm. With Anderson didn’t happen that, he still recieves a lot of bad reactions everytime, and i don’t know why

  9. says

    again – all of your criticizing Cooper.

    put your own face out there. are YOU prepared to be as Out as he is? to have your gayness online for all to potentially see, and know?

    if not – realize that you’re still telling yourselves the same things that Cooper once told himself: that he “doesn’t have to”, or “it’s not important”

    if you can’t put a visible face to being gay, like Cooper, then you’re in no place to criticize him.

    you should be thanking him for doing what you’re not yet able to do, actually.

  10. Mike128 says

    The reason cooper still gets a bad reaction from many of us is because he was coming from such a place of privilege to begin with (Vanderbilt), and he also tried to attribute his silence to being a “serious journalist” (and then quickly jumped aboard a low brow talk snow format). Same could not be said for the other guys mentioned.

  11. acevedo says

    Regardless of what people think of Madonna, she truly has done a lot over the years for gay causes and visibility. I like Anderson as well although I, like others, think he could have done a lot more if he came out earlier.

  12. Gary says

    Maybe the Doormat Award would be more appropriate, since the world saw pictures of his lover kissing someone else. When/If gay marriage is legal, get ready for more of this self aggrandizing from those who view themselves pioneers. It will be fun to watch their reputations decompose like Hollywood celebrities. Please keep Kathy Griffin away from Madonna.

  13. MateoM says

    Everyone please ignore Rise. He/She has been coming on here every day to rile up the comments section.

    Just ignore Rise and it will go away.

  14. Wilberforce says

    Kiwi, let me try to put this more plainly. The point is that Hollywood celebs are as corrupt as the town is, and those who praise them without limit are living in a sugar coated fantasy world.
    That said, I can’t help liking The Silver Fox.
    But before you criticize others, you might look at your own ideas. Your first sentence to me barely makes sense. And you don’t see the difference between a multimillionaire coming out and someone who has to work every day among bigots. Please Mary. Join the real world.

  15. graphicjack says

    Gary- Did you ever stop to think that maybe Anderson and his partner are in an open relationship? Maybe he and Coop share that guy, or they play seperately… or whatever. I prefer monogomous relationships for myself, but don’t assume or judge if others don’t.

  16. Gary says

    We’re trying to make Gay Marriage legal. If you’re going to be a symbol of that, don’t be in an open relationship. Go back to the ’70’s and freedom, if that’s what you want. Most can barely defend gay marriage, but monogamy would seem be a component.

  17. seth monster says

    Madonna is responsible for AIDS. She told gay men in the 1980s to go have sex without protection. Mother Monster should be the one giving the award.

  18. Graphicjack says

    Gary… People should be free to have the type of relationship they want. You saying they have to live up to your definition of what a gay marriage should be is just as wrong as straights saying we can’t marry. Define YOUR marriage the way you want, and let others chose the type of relationship they want… It’s none of your business, frankly.

    And here we go… Another idiot Monster spreading outright lies about Madonna. She single-handedly CAUSED AIDS??? You are such an idiot it’s almost ridiculous to respond to… But here goes. 1. I defunct lay remember Madonna encouraging ALL people to wear condoms… In her Blond Ambition concert she threw condoms into the crowd and said “hey boy don’t be silly, put a condom on your willy”. Not poetry, but the sentiment was there. 2. No one person could be responsible for an epidemic like AIDS. 3. While ultimately, no one should be “blamed” for getting HIV, often it is caught by risky behaviour. Madonna didn’t put a gun to anyone’s head and tell them they must have anal sex without a condom. 4. Young gay men (who presumedly listen to Gaga more than Madonna) are the highest demographic of people contracting HIV. Why is that? I don’t ever remember Gaga talking about AIDS, though it possible she has. Young people need to get their heads out of their asses and realize that HIV is still out there and that there is no cure. But hey, let’s blame Madonna for that… That’s reasonable…

  19. Jude says

    Also, in addition to what graphicjack mentioned, don’t forget that Madonna was advocating safe sex on Who’s That Girl Tour in 1987, too. At every show at the end of Papa Don’t Preach the screens showed those words, “SAFE SEX”. Her message about this has always been loud and clear.

  20. says

    side note: the hilarity of gay men who blame gay men in openly-sexual relationships for their own inability to get laid or find love.

    yes. some couples have open sexual arrangements. they’re not the reason nobody wants you.

  21. Jake says

    Graphic Jack: Then f-uck gay marriage and keep everything like it is. Why all this freedom for gay men, when that behavior would be grounds for divorce in straight marriages? Is it the meager tax break that makes marriage so necessary? Hopefully you won’t get to “define” anything. Come crawling back to your husband/wife when you can no longer get it up?

  22. Tommy says

    Even before Anderson came out, he gave å lot of coverage to gay issues on his news program and raised awareness about gay issues. So since this is a media awård, I would assume the award is for what he does on his show not just how he conducts his personal life.

  23. Hello says

    Kiwi: You’re like the authority on what’s happening in the world from the vantage point of your nursing home.. You’re so wrong about so many things, but it would be rude to laugh. The truth would kill you. Honestly Joke’s on you.

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