Madonna will present Anderson Cooper with a GLAAD award that recognizes openly gay media professionals. The organization selected the singer to present Cooper with the Vito Russo Award at the 24th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 16th, The Associated Press reports.
Cooper had declined to publicly discuss his sexuality until last July, when he gave permission to The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan to publish an e-mail in which Cooper said he was gay. Madonna has been a vocal advocate for LGBTQ causes: last August on her MDNA tour, she challenged a gay-pride ban in St. Petersburg, Russia, by handing out bracelets and speaking out at her show, which prompted anti-gay activities to sue her for $10.5 million. The lawsuit was later thrown out.
Madonna also publicly supported New York’s Marriage Equality Act in 2011, appeared on Ellen in 2010 to speak against the bullying of gay teens and urged the African nation Malawi to pardon a gay couple arrested in 2009 and convicted on indecency charges.