Madonna Presents GLAAD Award to Anderson Cooper

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Anderson Cooper receives the GLAAD Vito Russo Award from Madonna

Bridgehampton resident Madonna presented Quiogue’s Anderson Cooper with GLAAD’s Vito Russo Award at the organization’s 24th Annual Media Awards ceremony on Saturday, March 16.

During her speech, the pop superstar, who was clad in a Boy Scouts uniform, also encouraged the Boy Scouts of America to “change their stupid rules” regarding the group’s ban on gay members. “I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn’t let me join,” she joked before turning her message to more serious talk about loving thy neighbor and accepting those who are different from ourselves.

Madonna shared her admiration for Cooper and his bravery. “You are not afraid to stick your neck out, take it on the chin. You stand up for the rights of others and you say, ‘This is who I am, like it or not, love me or leave me, but I’m never going to stop.'”

This was Cooper‘s fourth GLAAD Award. Watch his acceptance speech below!

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