Madonna’s speech



Madonna goes from Material Girl to Boy Scout as she

dresses up for an awards bash to celebrate gay rights.



The 54-year-old Queen of Pop donned the navy blue uniform, neck-tie and hat

to present the 24th annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

Awards in New York yesterday.

Saluting with the V-sign before her ten minute on-stage stint, the blonde completed

her look with bulky lace-up boots and red lipstick.


Madge got a roar of laughter from the audience when she quipped: “I wanted to be a Boy

Scout, but they wouldn’t let me join.” She added: “I can build a fire. I know how to pitch a tent.

I have a very good sense of direction. I can rescue kittens from trees.

“Listen, I wanna do for the community. But most importantly, I know how to scout for boys.”


The Die Another Day singer then addressed the American organisation’s controversial ban

on gay scouts and scout leaders. She said: “I think that I should be allowed to be a Boy Scout

and I think they should change their stupid rules.”

Before handing Anderson Cooper his award, the mum-of-four also said she wanted to “cry a

river of tears” at the thought of young people being bullied. 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.”



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