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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