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Video: See Madonna present Anderson Cooper with Vito Russo Award at GLAAD Media Awards

On Saturday night, Madonna took the stage at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York to present the Vito Russo Award to Anderson Cooper.

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

Madonna took the stage dressed as a Boy Scout.

“Listen, I want to do good for the community,” she said. “But most importantly, I know how to scout for boys.”

“I used to be a Girl Scout,” Madonna added. “But I got kicked out. Do you want to know why? Because my skirt was too short, and I never sold enough cookies — I ate the cookies.”

Cooper took the stage and began by saying: “Do you know what it’s like being the follow-up to Madonna? It’s not easy. I want to thank Madonna for being here tonight. For her entire career she has been outspoken for gay lesbian bisexual and transgender people not only here but throughout the world. She’s been an extraordinary ally and I’m so thankful for her artistry and for her friendship.”

He also got personal: “I’ve had so many blessings in my life, and being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings.  It has allowed me to love and to be loved and to help open my head and my heart in ways I could never have predicted. The ability to love one another, the ability to love another person is, in my opinion, one of God’s greatest gifts, and I thank God every day for enabling me to give and share love with the people in my life – my family, and my friends, and my partner Benjamin.  Thank you very much, and thank you for being here.”

FILE UNDER: Awards, GLAAD

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