The room erupted in applause for the iconic singer, who skipped the red carpet (most likely in an attempt to keep her sly Boy Scouts Uniform a secret until she hit the stage). "I wanted to be a Boy Scout but they wouldn't let me join," she said of the organization's controversial position on banning gay scout masters. "I think that's f*cked up. 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. Most importantly, I know how to scout for boys. So I think I should be allowed to be a boy scout. And I think they should change their stupid rules."
Madonna concluded a second sublime statement skewering the state of intolerance in the world today by talking about one of her lyrics: "It's so hard to find someone to admire," but, according to Madonna, Anderson Cooper is one of the rare people she admires.
Madonna called Cooper "brave" and said he's "made a difference in the world by promoting equality and giving a voice to the LGBT community." She went on to slather Cooper with compliments before welcoming him to the stage with a big, wet kiss. "I just kissed Madonna," Anderson laughed.
After acknowledging how difficult it is to be the follow-up act to Madonna, Anderson did an amazingly heartfelt job of accepting The Vito Russo Award before saying "I've had many blessings in my life, and being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings. It has allowed me to love and to be loved. It's helped open my head and my heart in ways I could have never predicted."