By Mirembe Martina
Madonna once again made a statement as she presented Anderson Cooper with an honor during the GLAAD Media Awards.
Cooper received the Vito Russo Award which is awarded to individuals who have made a difference in promoting equality. The awards took place at the Marriot Marquis.
The CNN newsman and talk show host came out and confronted rumors about his orientation in an email to a journalist, Andrew Sullivan. He wrote saying, “The fact is, I’m gay, always have been, always will be, and I couldn’t be any more happy, comfortable with myself, and proud.”
Madonna’s kiss to Cooper was not the only thing which left people talking, her outfit also had a lot to do with it. She had on in a full Boy Scout’s uniform featuring special touches like fingerless gloves and a cowboy hat.
“I wanted to be a Boy Scout, but they wouldn’t let me join,” she told the crowd. “I think that’s [messed] 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.”
During his acceptance speech, Cooper thanked his boyfriend since 2009, Benjamin Maisani.
“[Being gay] has allowed me to love and be loved, to open my head and open my heart in ways I would have never predicted,” he noted. “The ability to love one another, the ability to love another person is in my opinion one of God’s greatest gifts and I thank God every day for the ability to give and share love with the people in my life. My family, my friends, my partner Benjamin, thank you very much.”