Madonna and “Smash” Shine at the GLAAD Awards

Last night, Grammy winning Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Icon and long time LGBT supporter Madonna honored Anderson Cooper with the “Vito Russo” Award at the New York GLAAD Media Awards. Her speech was funny, fierce and important as she took on the inequality, bullying, lack of tolerance and love in our world and how we need more people like the brave and admirable Cooper who work to change it. It was a wonderful speech as was Coopers when he accepted the award. Check out both inspirational, emotional and important speeches below. Then, head to the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation website here for all the news on the show which also honored Smash as the Outstanding Drama Series, the amazing Oscar nominated film How to Survive a Plague for Outstanding Documentary and The Amazing Race as the Outstanding Reality Series of the year…. GLAAD will have more ceremonies in LA and San Francisco over the next few weeks honoring film, music and journalists as well.

Madonna’s Speech honoring Anderson Cooper at the GLAAD Awards

Anderson Cooper Accepting the Vito Russo Award

GLAAD Award Winners:

– 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)

On a side note, GLAAD also gave its inaugural “Ally Award” to filmmaker Brett Ratner for launching the “Coming Out for Equality” PSA campaign. While that is great, it is way too soon to honor this homophobic and ignorant jerk just one year after he was fired from producing the Oscars for his behavior and speech about gay people. I’m happy he is trying to mend fences, but really? He needs to prove it other than saving his own face with this PSA campaign because I don’t believe for a second that he is completely reformed. It’s really a shame that they gave him this award. Maybe and hopefully he will truly deserved it in a few years, but for now I’m disappointed…. Ok, rant done…. Now, let’s concentrate on those great and meaningful speeches from Madge and Coop!

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