24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards New York  |  New York, United States  |  So last night, both Rubin and I assisted to the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards gala dinner, which took place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, honoring Anderson Cooper with special guests like Madonna.
For over 25 years, GLAAD has worked with news, entertainment and social media to bring culture-changing stories of LGBT people into millions of homes and workplaces every day. GLAAD amplifies the voice of our community to keep equality at the forefront of America’s cultural conversation. Their impact on newspapers, magazines, blogs, radio, television, movies and more transforms attitudes to bring about real change. (Photo above from left to right: Brett Milles – Town Real States, Rubin Singer – Fashion Designer and me Carlos Melia ).
Our table, hosted by Lauren Foster, one of the world’s most recognized transsexual women, having been one of the first to pose for Vogue Mexico in the 1980’s, consisted on old and new friends. We were only two tables away from Anderson Cooper’s table and on the second row to the stage, so we got to enjoy the gala in full. I had the great experience to be sat down next to reality Real Housewife of New York, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps and her fiancé. Both were very charming, warm and friendly, I have to say.

But as we all know, the most important of the night, was to celebrate and honor those people and professionals in Media and their efforts and contribution towards LGBT Rights. This year the honoree was Anderson Cooper, American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. Madonna herself, was the one in charge to present the award. See all the videos taken by me last night.
Madonna referred to Anderson as: you have the most beautiful blue eyes I have ever seen, you are intelligent, but most important you are a “Bad ass mother Fucker”, inviting him to start a revolution together with her.
An emotive and inspiring night, that continued with a private after party at the TOP of The Standard Hotel (aka. Boom Boom Room, yes the same place where I celebrated my 39th Birthday this same week). So we all enjoyed some cocktails and the stunning views of the Big Apple on a clear night with a little bit of the last snow falls of this 2013 winter.
GLAAD Media Awards invite you to celebrate the most outstanding images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in the media at the largest, most visible LGBT gala in the nation, the GLAAD Media Awards!. New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco with over 5,000 attendees, the GLAAD Media Awards bring celebrities, corporate partners, media professionals, and young adults together in support of GLAAD’s mission to amplify the voice of the LGBT community and achieve full equality! Get involved by visiting GLAAD.org
Lovely night, as I said, with old and new friends, but overall with the pride and feeling that we have supported and helped for a fantastic cause, one that has been my duty for many many years now, before as Mr Gay International, as a Gay Travel Agent and now as a Gay Travel and Lifestyle global reporter. As I always say, using the words by Aung San Suu Kyi …” use your freedom to promote others…”, and that is what both I and my partner Rubin Singer, both believe and cherish.
For the fashionistas out there, wondering who dressed me for the night, well of course no other than Rubin Singer, previewing his new collection of Bespoke Male Tuxedos. Special thanks too, to the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and the Guerlain Spa for the treatments in preparation for this Gala Dinner. Stay tuned for more news on Rubin Singer’s Male collection at www.rubinsinger.com. Hope you have enjoyed my coverage of the 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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