Of course there was that whole beef with The Real O'Neals' Noah Galvin, but Haynes has continued to be an inspiration which is exactly why the Human Rights Campaign decided to honor the Arrow actor with their Visibility Award in Seattle on Saturday!
Colton, who was extremely emotional from the time he took the stage, gave an incredibly moving speech in which he admitted:
"I'm asked to play so many different roles as an actor, but tonight I can actually be myself for the first time. It feels incredible."
The studly actor continued by sharing:
"I'm making [the promise] to the next generation of lesbians and gay men, bisexuals and transgender youth and I hope my example will give them the confidence and hope to be who they are, as well."
Ch-ch-check out Colton's incredible speech (below) and jump to the 5:15 mark to skip the actor's intro!