Award-winning journalist, author, and talk show host Anderson Cooper will be honored with the Vito Russo Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York. Cooper will be presented with the award on March 16, 2013 at the New York Marriott Marquis.
Anderson Cooper has long been an advocate for the LGBT community. His wide range of subjects includes the bullying of LGBT youth, families supporting their transgender children, and the dangers of the so-called “ex-gay conversion therapy.” For his coverage of issues relevant to the LGBT community, Anderson Cooper has received seven GLAAD Media Award nominations, and has been awarded the trophy three times.
“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. “He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for journalists everywhere, and I’m proud to call him a friend.”
The Vito Russo Award is presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality. Previous honorees include Ricky Martin, Rosie O’Donnell, and Elton John. The Award takes its name from legendary HIV/AIDS activist Vito Russo, who was also one of GLAAD’s founders.