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Kelly Ripa to be presented with GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award next month by Anderson Cooper

GLAAD really got this right.

Kelly Ripa will receive GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award on May 9 in New York City and it will be presented by her close friend Anderson Cooper.

Cooper, who sometimes fills in as co-host on Ripa’s show, is just one of her openly gay famous friends. Ripa is also close to Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen and with Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka.

GLAAD’s Excellence in Media Award is given to media professionals who have made a significant difference in promoting equality.

‘By simply talking about her many friends’ daily lives and sharing her experiences with viewers, Ripa has become an outspoken ally to the LGBT community,’ GLAAD writes. ‘Through her daily morning discussions with co-host Michael Strahan and interviews of LGBT guests and allies, she has voiced, her support of marriage equality, sent messages of hope to LGBT youth, and spoken about the importance of LGBT representations in entertainment media.’

Previous recipients of the Media Award include Russell Simmons, Tyra Banks, Judy Shepard, Julianne Moore, Glenn Close, Barbara Walters, Bob and Harvey Weinstein, Diane Sawyer and Vanessa Redgrave.

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  1. April 27th, 2015 at 10:06 pm
    K. Martinez says:

    I sometimes wonder about the choices GLAAD makes when giving out there awards, but you are correct. They definitely got this one right. I don’t think I’ve seen any other host speak out more for equality marriage than I have Kelly Ripa. And she shares stories of her gay friends quite a bit on her show. She’s LGBT supportive without hesitation. Definitely a well deserved award for Kelly.

  2. I’m sorry but I think they got it wrong this time – have you forgotten the Clay Aiken debacle? And Rosie O’Donnell not long ago said La Ripa still refuses to speak to her for defending Clay and reading Ripa’s “don’t know where those hands have been” remark as possibly homophobic (which more than a few other people did as well). Sorry, just because someone is buddies with some A list gays doesn’t necessarily mean they treat ALL gays kindly and with respect. Would love to know Rosie or Clay’s opinion about this award (although Aiken has always been gracious toward Ms. Ripa in post-show comments though I don’t think he has ever been invited back on her show.)

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