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Joe Manganiello Proudly Presents Matt Bomer & Simon Halls With GLSEN's Inspiration Award!

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Could there be any more of our favorite things in this story??

Well, okay… music. But we're sure the playlist was amazing. Ha!

GLSEN held their Respect Awards in El Lay Friday night. And the Inspiration Award winners of the night were Matt Bomer and partner Simon Halls!!

Up to present that handsome duo with their award was Matt's college friend and Magic Mike co-star, Joe Manganiello (or as we like to call him, Joe Mangigalo).

When presenting the honor, Joe eloquently said:

"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."

Inncredible! Just another reason we adore that man.

Matt and Simon accepted the award graciously, with Matt stating:

"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."

And Simon chimed in too, talking about their three adorable children, saying:

"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."


We can't wait to see a day where burdens like homophobia, racism, and sexism are no longer bred from fear. We know humanity's heart is a caring one naturally.

And we wanna see it beat with as much compassion as it can!

[Image via AP Images.]

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13 comments to “Joe Manganiello Proudly Presents Matt Bomer & Simon Halls With GLSEN's Inspiration Award!”

  1. 1

    What a wonderful notion from one human being to another. It's nice to read stories like this. The fact that two handsome men, one gay, one straight, can be lifelong friends is truly inspiring.

  2. Nononoway says – reply to this


    Sorry. Gays will never be fully accepted. Just as poverty will alway exist.

  3. vspirit says – reply to this


    I'm guessing that's why they're working to spread it and make whatever difference, little by little, they can. Even if full acceptance remains a far-fetched notion, getting it to spread isn't anymore in today's more flexible-minded society.

  4. 4

    Re: Nononoway – You people said the same thing about black people and interracial marriage. Get a life.

  5. Frances27 says – reply to this


    Why can't people recognize that straight kids get bullied just as much as gay ones? I'm not gay, never have been, and was bullied all throughout middle/high school. It's really annoying, and also insensitive to assume only gays get bullied, and now that's all the public focuses on.

  6. lala says – reply to this


    Re: Frances27 – You make a boring news story as you arent a minority/repressed group ^^

  7. 7

    Hey Perez, you should do a feature on all of the awards you've gotten from the various GLBT groups. Don't be shy!

  8. Frances27 says – reply to this


    Re: lala – You wanna bet? I'm Native American, which is one of the most severely repressed minority groups in America. Don't start making assumptions before you know all the facts.

  9. 9

    Re: Frances27 – Since when has anyone assumed that is true? Just think about the media. When I picture a bully and victim, I picture a huge guy taking down a little nerdy kid, both straight. The reason the gay issue is so big right now is because you will never be bullied because of the fact that you are straight, but millions of teenagers are being targeted solely because they are gay. There's a huge difference. No one is ever going to claim that straight people don't get bullied. In fact, I'm sure there are much more straight people being bullied today than gay people simply because there are so few gay people in the population. You seriously need a reality check if you don't understand the difference between gay bullying and straight bullying.

  10. 10

    Re: Lady Who? – Both?

  11. Frances27 says – reply to this


    Re: joethehobo – First of all @lala if that sounded bitchy, sorry, it was not aimed at you, the whole thing just frustrates me. And @joethehobo, does the reasoning even matter in this case? Whether or not kids have a reason, they will always bully. Gay people get lots of support. And uh yeah I understand the difference..

  12. 12

    Step forward always nice to know… Everyone deserve to be treated with respect while we are in this planet. Matt Bomer is a good example to follow ! Let it BE !

  13. Catherine says – reply to this


    Why the need for all the competition as to who's got it the worst. I think it's really sad that the bullied minorities are having a pop at one another here. Maybe we're never going to have a perfect, tolerant society but surely, by aiming for it, we can at least improve it. We should all stick together and work together.