CNN’s Anderson Cooper has been named by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) as the winner of the most prestigious award for LGBT media at this year’s GLAAD Media Awards, the organization announced on Thursday.
The journalist will be honored with the Vito Russo award, presented to LGBT “media professional who has made a significant difference in promoting equality.”
The awards ceremony is scheduled for March 16 in New York City.
“By sharing his own experience 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,” GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement.
“He continues to raise the bar and set a new standard for journalists everywhere, and I’m proud to call him a friend,” Graddick added.
Cooper came out last July publicly to Andrew Sullivan in an open letter to the former Daily Beast columnist.
Sullivan wrote that, knowing that Cooper was gay, he asked him for his outlook on how the visibility of gay people was paramount for the LGBT community to gain full equal rights.