Madonna receives "Advocate for Change" award at GLAAD media awards

Published: May. 5, 2019 at 8:29 PM EDT
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(05/05/19)-- Madonna, a pioneer for gay rights, accepted the Advocate for Change Award at the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards with a rousing speech that went from playful to emotional, bringing the audience to its feet.

The 60-year-old pop icon turned heads as she walked to her table at the Hilton Midtown in New York on Saturday night, before taking the stage to celebrate her three decades of advocacy work in the LGBTQ community.

Madonna, teary-eyed from her seat, received the award from Anderson Cooper, Mykki Blanco and Rosie O'Donnell, who gave a powerful speech about how Madonna helped her become more comfortable in her own skin.

The multi-hour GLAAD event also gave awards to Andy Cohen, the FX series "Pose," Samantha Bee, the film "Boy Erased," CNN's Don Lemon and R&B singer Janelle Monae.

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