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Anderson Cooper Gets Goofy + 5 Moments You Shouldn't Miss From the GLAAD Media Awards

Anderson Cooper Gets Goofy + 5 Moments You Shouldn't Miss From the GLAAD Media Awards

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Jonathan Groff rapping, Kelly Ripa being fabulous, and a moving moment from a young woman who survived a deadly hate crime to share her story.


The 26th Annual GLAAD Media Awards took place at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City on Saturday, May 9 and, as always, it's a mix of humor and heartfelt moments. Here, six that you don't want to miss.

1. When Jonathan Groff & Tituss Burgess came out to present Sports Illustrated with the award for Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage, Burgess sang a line from "Let It Go," and then told Groff: "It's easy to go viral. Rhyme stuff and look like you mean it." That inspired Groff to improv a little rap...

2. Lynda Carter presented Thomas Roberts with the Vito Russo Award, and the MSNBC host shared a moving moment when he admitted he almost committed suicide at 15 for being gay but his sister saved his life.

3. Kristene Chapa and her girlfriend Molly were on a date in their Texas hometown when a man approached them, sexually assaulted them, and shot them both in the head. Kristene survived and shared her story in a moving moment at the event.

4. Jussie Smollett was a surprise presenter for the night, and he gave an impromptu performance (shouting out to Laverne Cox to join him) before he presented an award to HBO's John Oliver's Last Week Tonight for Outstanding Talk Show Episode that focused on Ugandan activist Pepe Onziema, who accepted the award.

5. Anderson makes a joke about GLAAD's use of #IGotYourBack. "Unfortunately for my friend Andy Cohen, it means he has to change his Tinder profile name... It's alright, you'll get it later when a gay guy explains it to you."

6. Kelly Ripa brings down the house with her acceptance speech for the Excellence in Media Award. Watch her at the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards in New York below:

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