Anderson Cooper to Receive Major GLAAD Media Award

By Josh Grossberg
|  Thursday, Feb 21, 2013  |  Updated 1:06 PM EDT
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Anderson Cooper to Receive Major GLAAD Media Award

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Journalist Anderson Cooper attends the 2011 CFDA Fashion Awards at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on June 6, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic)

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This just in: Anderson Cooper is about to be feted by GLAAD.

The gay rights organization plans to honor the vaunted CNN journalist with its Vito Russo Award at the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York on March 16.

The accolade is given to an openly gay, lesbian or transgender media figure that has made a significant difference in promoting equality.

Cooper, who came out last July, has been a longtime advocate for the LGBT community, having covered such vital issues on Anderson Cooper 360 including bullying of LGBT youth and families supporting their transgender children.

"By sharing his own experiences 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," said GLAAD president Herndon Graddick in a statement.

Good Morning America anchors Sam Champion, Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer have been tapped to host the ceremony taking place in New York on March 16.

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