This was EVERYTHING we could have wanted her to say at such an important event - and so much more!
At last night's 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, held in New York, Anderson Cooper was the recipient of the "Vito Russo Award," which is given to an "openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality!"
While that itself is incredible and exciting news, Madonna was on hand to present her longtime friend with his honor, and donned a complete Cub Scout uniform for the occasion!
Ch-ch-check out her rousing, articulate and thoughtful speech, during which she called on the Boy Scouts of America to end its ban on gay scouts and scout leaders, criticized the Russian government for its imprisonment of Pussy Riot, and called for a much-needed social revolution here in the US of A (above)!
All we have to say is that Anderson is one lucky silver fox!
Her words have so much fire, passion, and most important of all, TRUTH, behind them, and we couldn't be more proud to have such a powerful ally in the fight for equal rights and a better tomorrow!
You can find the full list of awards and recipients from the ceremony…AFTER THE JUMP!!!
Vito Russo Award: Anderson Cooper
Ally Award: Brett Ratner
Outstanding Drama Series: Smash (NBC)
Outstanding Documentary: How to Survive a Plague (Sundance Selects)
Outstanding Reality Program: The Amazing Race (CBS)
Outstanding Newspaper Article: "Game Changer" by Andy Mannix (City Pages [Minneapolis, Minn.])
Outstanding Newspaper Columnist: Frank Bruni (The New York Times)
Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage: The Boston Globe
Outstanding Magazine Article: "School of Hate" by Sabrina Rubin Erdely (Rolling Stone)
Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage: The Advocate/Out
Outstanding New York Theatre: Broadway & Off Broadway: The Whale by Samuel D. Hunter
Outstanding New York Theatre: Off-Off Broadway: From White Plains written by Michael Perlman in collaboration with Fault Line Theatre
Outstanding Talk Show Interview: "Entrevista con Orlando Cruz" Titulares Telemundo (Telemundo)
Outstanding Magazine Article: "Amor genuino" by Cristina Saralegui (People en Español)
Outstanding Digital Journalism Article: "Operación tolerancia: la lucha contra la homofobia en los medios hispanos" by Lilia Luciano (voces.huffingtonpost.com)
Outstanding Digital Journalism - Multimedia: "2013: Año clave para la comunidad gay" by Ramón Frisneda (ElDiarioNY.com)
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