GLSEN’s Respect Awards were held last night, and White Collar star Matt Bomer and his partner Simon Halls were honored with the Inspiration Award. Matt spoke about growing up gay, and the feeling of helplessness that groups such as GLSEN are trying to prevent:
“When I was in high school, there was no safe haven, there was no outlet for you to speaking your mind, so I did what any self-preserving 14-year-old would do—I signed up for the school play and also the football team to cover my tracks. When that happens, when you aren’t allowed to speak about who you are, one of the most authentic parts of who you are, which is who you love or is who you’re attracted to, feels invisible. GLSEN gives visibility and authenticity to kids all across the country.”
Matt’s Magic Mike costar (and college chum) Joe Manganiello presented the award, and emphasized why Matt and Simon are truly deserving of this particular honor:
“You are the example that the rest of our country needs to wake up and see in terms of equality and putting and end to the bullying epidemic, and making sure that every family is respected in our schools and our society.”
Below you can see pics of the event, which includes quite a few familiar faces.
Simon and Matt
Joe Manganiello presents the award to Matt