Anderson Cooper and Madonna shared a kiss at the GLAAD Media Awards Saturday night after Madge presented the silver fox with an award honoring his status and accomplishments as an openly gay journalist.
The pop star was dressed as a Boy Scout, a pretty apparent statement against the organization’s politics regarding homosexuals.
“Love thy neighbor as thyself,” she said in her speech, calling for an end to gay bullying, which has led to suicide in some cases. “It’s an atrocity to me, and I don’t accept it,” Madonna added, eliciting applause from the crowd.
Cooper was presented with the annual Vito Russo Award, named after the film activist and historian who was a founding member of GLAAD, the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Cooper and Madonna embraced when the news anchor was presented, and he snuck in for a quick kiss before Madonna left the stage.
“I am only here tonight because I’ve benefited from what they and so many others have done,” said Cooper, referring to activists like Russo and Larry Kramer. Cooper added that “being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings” of his life, adding, “it opened my head and heart in ways that I never could have predicted.”
Suze Orman, Rosie O’Donnell, Elton John and Tom Ford have won the media watchdog group’s award in past years. Cooper came out last summer after years of speculation over his personal life.
Other winners included director Bret Ratner, who received the Ally Award, just a year after he use a gay slur at a news conference. He worked with GLAAD on a pro-gay PSA campaign as a mea culpa for his remarks.
NBC’s Smash was named outstanding television drama, and the film How to Survive a Plague won for outstanding documentary.
The award for reality program went to CBS’ The Amazing Race, on which gay couples have participated and won throughout the show’s long run. Television journalism awards were granted to MSNBC’s Being Transgender in America, and Good MorningAmerica‘s “Obama Endorses Marriage Equality” report.
Watch the video of Anderson Cooper receiving a GLAAD award from Madonna (and his sneaky kiss) below: