Sunday, March 17, 2013

Anderson Cooper, Recipient of GLAAD's Vito Russo Award

The 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York City, were held last night, March 16, 2013, at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel.  (All photos from and videos found on YouTube)  Anderson walked the red carpet ~

Was presented his award by Madonna ~

Gave an acceptance speech ~

And posed for a couple of pictures with Madonna backstage, following the awards ~

A related item from the Huffington Post on Monday, March 11, 2013:

Anderson Cooper Talks Coming Out As Gay, Brother's Suicide And GLAAD Awards With Madonna

Anderson Cooper said that "being gay is a blessing" and he "couldn't be more proud" of his sexuality in an exclusive chat with HuffPost Gay Voices Editor-at-Large Michelangelo Signorile.

The award-winning CNN anchor, 45, joined Signorile's SiriusXM OutQ program from Rome, where he is covering the Vatican conclave. In what was deemed as Cooper's only full-length interview ahead of his scheduled appearance at the 2013 GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 16, the CNN anchor spoke at length about coming out both personally and professionally, being honored with the prestigious Vito Russo Award and the pain of his brother's suicide. (Scroll down to listen to the full interview)

"I've always known I was gay from the time I was a little kid," Cooper, who came out in an email to Andrew Sullivan last summer, recalled. "I can't remember a time when I wasn't aware of it, even before I knew what it was or the name of it."

Of receiving the Vito Russo Award, Cooper noted the honor has "tremendous meaning," adding, "I certainly don't think I'm worthy of it, but if it helps GLAAD and if it helps have more people know who Vito Russo is, then I think it is certainly worthwhile."

After touching on a number of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) relevant stories he's covered throughout his career, Cooper also opened up about his brother Carter's 1988 suicide, saying it influenced his own decision to pursue journalism as a profession.

“If you feel like an outsider, you tend to observe things a lot more," he said. "Early on I felt very much like an observer, because I knew I was gay, I knew I was somehow different."

He continued, "If you learn the language of loss early, I think you seek out others who have experienced the same thing, who speak that same language of loss."

Of learning that Madonna would be presenting the Vito Russo Award to him, Cooper said he was "stunned," noting that he was a "huge fan" of the Material Girl's music

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Anonymous said...

What a touching speech! Way to go Anderson.

Anonymous said...

Okay, my post just disappeared so in case it was saved just ignore the first one and I'll try to remember what I wrote.

I loved the whole thing. Madonna's speech was good and cheeky, the hug and kiss was cute and Anderson's speech was very moving and classy. A well-deserved award. He mentioned Ben! Very happy for him (them) and I think it is save to say he had a blast.

Oh, and Jack sang for him. Damn, you lucky man!

aries moon said...

A warm, lovely, moving, humble and poignant speech--he also referenced others in the fight for LGBT rights. Classic Anderson. For those of us who have figured for a long while that Anderson and Ben were partners, it was especially nice to see AC finally acknowledge him publicly and at the perfect moment. I'm happy for AC, he deserves this award even if he and some not-so-nice others think he doesn't.

Anonymous said...

I just realised in the past few hours that this is really the first time Anderson has ever acknowledged a partner and relationship publicly. By that he has finally removed an obstacle that always kept him from commenting on certain topics on his daytime show and in general from a personal perspective.

I doubt he will talk much about this part of his life if at all but at least now he doesn't have to steer clear completely because he might have to say "my partner/bf" at some point. Or someone might ask questions he would just have to block out.

This status can't have been too relaxing. Maybe he just needed the right occasion and yesterday way the right moment. And the right partner of course. :)


I guess there are always some bitter people. They wouldn't be happy either way and I suspect it's only a few pretty obsessed with AC who post and complain about him everywhere under different names.

Phebe said...

@trampadoo, Anderson thanked his long time partner, Julio, in the credits of his book 'Dispatches from the Edge'. To those that knew of Julio it was taken as an acknowledgement.

aries moon said...

@trampadoo, good point.

Anonymous said...

"a few bitter people who post here and complain."
It isn't a few bitter people who post and complain about Anderson's
I for one, never commented about his sexuality and those others that you speak of, are not posting here, but on other websites.
Some of it is gossip and some of it is nonsense, and some of it relates as it should, to his credibility.

Anonymous said...

@Phebe: I am aware of that but it was not really a public acknowledgement of a partner because like you said, only a few people might have taken it that way. Not to mention that in his speech it was kind of a declaration of love. It's quite a big step forward :)

@Anon: I am not referring to the regular homophobe but to a very small number of people always bashing him with the same insane retorics and style under different user names or anonymously.

One seems to have a particular problem with Anderson's relationship and there are several ladies who seem to have this love/hate obsession with him and will lash out at him no matter what he does. One in particular (or maybe it is one and the same person posting holding back depending on where they post) sometimes leaves insane comments so full of hatred it's quite disturbing. She (I suspect) might have mental problems though so it might be unfair to judge her.

One of that type sometimes posts here as well.

Anonymous said...

Just putting in my 2 cents. I'm happy for Anderson and thought his speech was humble in many ways.

I do agree with Phebe that this was not the first time Anderson acknowledged/thanked a partner, publicly. Lots has taken place both in Anderson's personal life (coming out publicly) and in society at large concerning the acceptance of the LGBT community, between the two events. At the time Anderson thanked Julio, if he had mentioned him as his "partner" he would have been "outing" himself, something he and society weren't really ready for at the time. It was a very big deal at the time among his fans, those that knew he was gay and knew he was in a relationship with Julio.

His acknowledgement/thanks to his current partner, Ben, has taken place after Anderson publicly came out, society is more accepting of gay relationships and happened at a gay event where he was the recipient of an award for advancing gay issues. For him to not acknowledge a partner of 3 to 4 years at such an event would have been hiding another open secret; so good for Anderson to be open and honest.

I wish Anderson and whoever he chooses to be with now and in the future, much happiness.


Anonymous said...

@trampadoo: extreme adolation or idolization could also be construed as a "mental problem."

Anonymous said...

Name calling should not be allowed on this blog and the commenter that did so, should be admonished by ATA.