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Anderson Cooper to be honored with GLAAD media award

By Sarah Burbank-Douglas,

Anderson Cooper is slated to be honored by GLAAD with the Vito Russo Award.

E! News reports that the CNN journalist will receive the prestigious award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards on March 16.

Madonna will present the award, which honors openly gay public figures who have made a significant impact on promoting gay rights, at the event which takes place in New York.

GLAAD president Herndon Graddick released a statement announcing their decision to honor Cooper which reads, “"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.”

Additionally, Graddick commended Madonna’s anti-bullying stance and her support for the gay community. “Madonna has always been one of our community's strongest allies. We are honored to have her stand with GLAAD and Anderson Cooper,” he exclaimed.

The event will be hosted by Good Morning America’s own Sam Champion, Josh Elliot and Lara Spencer.

Cooper, who officially came out in July 2012, has received an enormous amount of support from the Hollywood community.

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