"Howdy," said LGBT icon Madonna as she took the stage Saturday night at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards to present the Vito Russo Award to CNN's officially out award-winning Anderson Cooper. GLAAD says Madonna wore a Boy Scouts outfit as part of GLAAD's year-long campaign to end the Boy Scouts of America's ban on gay scouts and leaders. I bet the Boy Scouts are thrilled to learn they've been put in the same class as some of Madonna's other outrageous award and performance costumes like "Like A Virgin" and Jean Paul Gaultier's conical-breasts bustier.
But real-life Ohio mom Jennifer Tyrrell, who cried "rivers of tears" when BSA ousted her as her son's den leader last year, told the audience: "We're making sure that no parent ever has to look their child in the eye, like the Boy Scouts made me do, and say that your family isn't good enough."
Cooper - who endured a faux attempted sexual seduction from Kathy Griffin during CNN's New Year's Eve show, acted as if he was surprised to be smacked on the lips by a woman, well, by Madonna. But he also got serious: "I am only here tonight because I've benefited from what they and so many others have done (referring to such activists as Vito Russo and Larry Kramer....[Being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings....it opened my head and heart in ways that I never could have predicted."
For a complete list of winners - including "Smash" by mega-award-winning producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan - click here.
The 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in Los Angeles will be held on April 20, 2013. For ticket information, click here.
Video of Madonna's presentation and Cooper's acceptance speech are after the break.