Madonna has celebrated the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community at this year's GLAAD awards.
The star presented CNN host Anderson Cooper with a Vito Russo award, which is given to those who have made a significant difference in promoting equality.
Madonna also gave an impassioned speech about discrimination and tolerance to the media awards' audience.
"When I think about young kids in America who are being bullied and tortured, who are taking their own lives because they feel alone and judged, outcast and misunderstood, I want to sit down and cry rivers of tears," she said.
"I have teenagers of my own now, and the idea of them, or any young person experiencing that kind of pain is unfathomable to me, It's an atrocity to me. I don't accept it."
Being gay is certainly one of the greatest blessings," said Anderson. "It has opened my head and heart in ways that I never could have predicted."
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