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Madonna, a pioneer for gay rights, received the Change Advocate Award at the GLAAD Media Awards 2019, with a remarkable speech that went from being playful to emotional, bringing the audience to his feet.
The 60-year-old pop icon turned her head as she walked to her table at Hilton Midtown in New York on Saturday night, before taking the stage to celebrate her decade of advocacy work in the LGBTQ community.
"Why have I always struggled for change? That's a difficult question to answer. It's like trying to explain the importance of reading or the need to love."
"Growing up I always felt like someone from the outside, so I didn't fit in. I wasn't because I wasn't shaving under my templates, I didn't t I don't fit in, okay, 'he said.
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"The first gay man I ever met was Christopher Flynn. He was my secondary school ballet teacher and he was the first person who believed in me, which made me feel special as a dancer, as an artist and an artist." I know that this sounded trivial and superficial, but he was the first man to tell me that I was beautiful.
Madonna went on to say that Flynn had taken her to her first gay club in Detroit, and that the night had changed her life.
"For the first time I saw men kissing men, girls dressing up as boys, boys wearing hot pants, crazy, amazing dancing and a kind of freedom and joy and happiness that I never saw from the front; 'I was not on my own, it was ok to be different and not to be like everyone else. And after all, I wasn't a freak. I felt home, and gave me hope.
Madonna also said that Flynn had pushed her to leave Michigan and went to New York to follow her dreams. And when the Great Apple arrived in 1977, she was delighted with all New York having to offer – variety, creativity – but also learned about the AIDS epidemic.
"The plague he moved in as a black cloud over New York City and in an eye on the eye," he said and cut his fingers, "took my friends all. "
"After I lost my best friend and Martin Burgoyne and then Keith Haring – Keith's happy birthday – I decided to take the bull horn and fight back back," he added.
Madonna, who started 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.
"So here I am – VG, very gay – dating a man and I went to Madonna for advice," said Donnell, who co-starred in 1992 Own League with the singer. "I was questioned and unsure, my gay life was blooming but I didn't know what to do. And he told me, 'Rosie, follow your heart – My advice follows us to this day.
The multi-hour GLAAD event also gave prizes to Andy Cohen, the FX series "Pose" and "The Murder of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, 'Samantha Bee, the film" Erased Boy, "; # 39; CNN Don Lemon and R&B The singer Janelle Monae The event will fly on Logo on 12 May.
Despite winning seven Grammys, two Golden Globes and countless other honors, Madonna said that having an Advocate for Change GLAAD had a special place in her heart.
"Because it recognizes years and years of work I've done over three decades. It's not superficial," Madonna said in an interview with The Associated Press after receiving his honor. "It means something to me as I give a lot of blood, sweat and tears to all the work I've done over the years arguing for change." # 39;
Madonna will be releasing his 14th album, "Madame X, 'on June 14. She was inspired from living in Lisbon, Portugal, for the past few years and includes collaborations with; r Colombia singer Maluma, Quavo rap Migos, the Brazilian singer, Anitta, and singer-songwriter Swae Lee from the duet Rae Sremmurd.
The album also includes the track "Batuka," co-written by David Banda, the 13-year-old son of Madonna.
"That was a family relationship – the call song and response," Madonna said. " (David) likes to take more credit than the rest of my children. It's always fun working with my children, especially David.