Update: Official footage of full speech added
Madonna was honoured with the Advocate for Change award at the GLAAD Awards in New York.
She gave a heartfelt speech and was introduced by Anderson Cooper and Rosie O’Donnell.
Madonna also quoted some lyrics from “Extreme Occident”, a new song off her upcoming album Madame X…
Life is a circle.
Death and loss brought me new life, brought me to life, brought me to love.
Some excerpts of her speech…
Growing up I always felt like an outsider, like I didn’t fit in. It wasn’t because I didn’t shave under my armpits, I just didn’t fit in.
The first gay man I ever met was named Christopher Flynn. He was my ballet teacher in high school and he was the first person that believed in me. That made me feel special as a dancer, as an artist and as a human being. I know this sounds trivial and superficial but he was the first man to tell me that I was beautiful.
He took me to my first gay club in downtown Detroit. I told my dad I was having a sleepover at a girlfriend’s house — that got me grounded for the rest of the summer.
After I lost my best friend and roommate Martin Burgoyne and then Keith Haring, happy birthday Keith, I decided to take up the bull horn and really fight back.
Check out the full speech…
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