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Anderson Cooper was honored Saturday evening with the GLAAD Vito Russo Award, presented to him by Madonna. Not all eyes were on Cooper, however, who received the honor, but the focus was instead on the “Give Me All Your Love” singer who was dressed as a Boy Scout.
The 54-year-old controversial singer donned the uniform as a jab at the organization, which has yet to express their support for equality. During the event, Madonna took the stage making a handful of statements, including a few swipes at the Boy Scouts as well as at bullying. She expressed, as quoted by New York Daily News, "I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn’t let me join … I think that’s f---ed up. I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent. I have a very good sense of direction. I can rescue kittens from trees. Listen, I wanna do for the community."
Additionally, she expressed, "I think I should be allowed to be allowed to be a Boy Scout. And I think they should change their stupid rules."
Following Madonna’s speech, the CNN journalist was honored with the Vito Russo Award after publicly coming out last summer, Reuters reports.
“I am only here tonight because I've benefited from what they and so many others have done,” Cooper expressed, adding, “Being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings," stating that "it opened my head and heart in ways that I never could have predicted."