Anderson Cooper. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Cindy Clark, USA TODAY
Anderson Cooper officially addressed his sexuality last year, and soon he'll be honored for promoting equality.
GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, will present the journalist, author and talk-show host with the Vito Russo Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 16, which will be hosted by Good Morning America anchors Josh Elliott, Lara Spencer and Sam Champion.
Cooper has tackled multiple issues relevant to the LGBT community, including bullying of LGBT youth, families supporting their transgender children, the dangers of so-called "ex-gay conversion therapy," and soldiers forced to serve under "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."
Previous recipients of the Vito Russo Award, presented to an openly lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality, include Ricky Martin, Rosie O'Donnell, Elton John and Nathan Lane.