Anderson Cooper will be honoured by the GLAAD awards at an upcoming ceremony next month. Cooper will be receiving the Vito Russo Award, which is given to members of the media who are openly part of the LGBT community and have made strides in promoting equality.
Cooper has always been an advocate for equality. He covers topics such as marriage equality, bullying and families of transgendered children, as well as other issues surrounding the LGBT community on his CNN show “Anderson Cooper 360°.” The journalist officially came out himself last summer.
“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,” said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick.
The 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards are taking place on March 16 in New York. The ceremony will be hosted by “Good Morning America’s” Sam Champion, Josh Elliot and Lara Spencer.