Matt Bomer: “There Was No Safe Haven” When I Was Growing Up

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— who you love or who you’re attracted to—feels invisible. GLSEN gives visibility and authenticity to kids all across the country.”

Out White Collar actor Matt Bomer, accepting the Inspiration Award at GLSEN’s Respect Awards with husband Simon Halls Friday evening in Los Angeles. Bomer’s Magic Mike costar Joe Manganiello presented the couple with the award.

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