If you’re an openly gay man in Hollywood and getting an award from a high profile gay organization like GLAAD, you want a gay icon to present the award to you.
And, there are only a few to choose from: Barbra Streisand, Lisa Minnelli, Cher and Madonna.
Madonna got the call this time — and she said, “Yes,” so she’ll be presenting Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award for his work toward full equality.
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said, “By sharing his own experiences as a gay man, Anderson has reminded millions of Americans that LGBT people are part of their everyday lives and an integral part of our cultural fabric. He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for journalists everywhere, and I’m proud to call him a friend.”
Madonna also got praise from GLAAD. “From speaking out against bullying to raising support for marriage equality, Madonna has always been one of our community’s strongest allies. We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper,” Graddick said.
The New York GLAAD Awards that will be hosted by Good Morning America’s Sam Champion, Lara Spencer and Josh Elliot take place on March 16.