The Gay Lesbian and Straight Education Network have honoured Hollywood actor, Matt Bomer, and his partner, Simon Halls, publicist, with an Inspiration award. The couple have three sons. At the ceremony, Matt talked about his experiences as a teenager and how he had felt unable to come out because of social pressures.
Presenting the award was Joe Manganiello, Bomer’s Magic Mike, co-star, and college classmate. He said: “You are the example that the rest of our country needs to wake up and see in terms of equality and putting an end to the bullying epidemic and making sure that every family is respected in our schools and our society.”
Bomer opened up about his experiences of dealing with his sexuality growing up, admitting, "When I was in high school, there was no safe haven, there was no outlet for you to speak 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 who you're attracted to, feels invisible. Glsen gives visibility and authenticity to kids all across the country.
"Having kids teaches you so many things, and one of the things we both have learned in our parenting journey is how loving and accepting and open children's minds and hearts are. Unfortunately, in some parts of the country, some kids are taught at an early age that being different is somehow bad or wrong or worthy of ridicule... Kids aren't born to be bullies, they're taught to be bullies.
Lustralboy warmly congratulates Matt and Simon, an inspiring couple indeed.
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