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 3 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.(AP)