The GLAAD Media Awards, sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, are give to media members for their fair, accurate and inclusive coverage of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
As part of her presentation of the Vito Russo Award to CNN newscaster Anderson Cooper, Madonna lampooned the Boy Scouts for their anti-gay policies.
“I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent. I have a very good sense of direction; I can rescue kittens from trees. Listen, I want to do good for the community,” she said.
“But most importantly, I know how to scout for boys. So I think that I should be allowed to be a Boy Scout and I think they should change their stupid rules,” she said, encouraging the audience to cheer.
Please sit down,” she told the crowd. “I have a few axes to grind.”
Madonna went on to note that “bigotry, homophobia, hate crime, bullying and any form of discrimination always seems to be a manifestation of fear of the unkown.”
“We don’t take the time to get to know one another and we need to,” she said.
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