Madonna receives GLAAD's Advocate for Change Award, reflects on relationship with LGBTQ community


Madonna was presented with the prestigious Advocate for Change Award at Saturday's 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, becoming the second person to receive it after Bill Clinton in 2013. Following an honorary introduction by hosts Anderson Cooper, Rosie O'Donnell and Mykki Blanco, the lifelong LGBTQ advocate made an emotional speech that honored her late ballet teacher Christopher Flynn, who took her to her first gay club in Detroit and "was the first person that believed in [her]" and "made [her] feel special," and reflected on her relationship with the LGBTQ community over the past 30+ years.

She also credited the community with instilling in her a sense of confidence "that it was okay to be different and to not be like everybody else," as well as a fighting spirit. In a vulnerable moment, the often stoic icon recalled the loss of her friends Martin Burgyone and Keith Haring (who would have turned 60 on Saturday) to the AIDS epidemic and how it moved her "to take up the bull horn and really fight back."

The 30th Annual GLAAD Media Awards, which also honored singer-songwriter and actress Janelle Monáe as well as FX's Pose and the film Boy Erased, will air on Logo on Sunday, May 12. In the meantime, you can watch Madonna's full speech above.

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