Madonna will will appear with journalist, author and talk show host Anderson Cooper on March 16 at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York, presented nationally by Ketel One Vodka and Wells Fargo, GLAAD announced today.
She will present Anderson Cooper with the Vito Russo Award, which is given to an openly gay or lesbian member of the media community for their outstanding contribution in combating homophobia.
The Associated Press broke the story.
NEW YORK (AP) — Gay advocacy group GLAAD says Madonna will present CNN’s Anderson Cooper with an award for openly gay media professionals.
GLAAD told The Associated Press on Saturday that the singer has been chosen to give Cooper the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City on March 16.
GLAAD President Herndon Graddick says Madonna and Cooper are longtime friends who have both used their careers to support lesbian, gay and transgender people.
Cooper declined to speak publicly about his sexuality for years. But last July he gave blogger Andrew Sullivan permission to publish an email in which Cooper said he was gay and “couldn’t be more happy.”
Russo helped found GLAAD and wrote a book about gay people in the movies called “The Celluloid Closet.”
More details on the event…
Cocktail Reception & Silent Auction 5:30PM-7:00PM
Dinner & Award Presentation 7:00PM-10:00PM
After Party 10:00PM-12:00AM
Premium Seating – Individual Ticket: $1,000.00
Regular Seating – Individual Ticket: $500.00
Premium Seating – Full Table: $10,000.00
Regular Seating – Full Table: $5,000.00
Regular Seating – Half Table: $2,500.00
All guests enjoy silent auction, live auction, dinner, awards ceremony and after party.