In OMG he’s perfect entertainment news, White Collar and Magic Mike star Mat Bomer opens up on what is was like growing up gay. Last night during the GLSEN’s Respect Awards, gay student advocacy group, Bomer goes into detail about how one becomes comfortable with themselves by being authentic and expressing how you are:
“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 is who you’re attracted to, feels invisible, GLSEN gives visibility and authenticity to kids all across the country.”
Simon Halls, Bomer’s partner with whom he shares three children with, was also there to accept the Inspiration Award and spoke about acceptance of individual differences at an early age:
“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.”
Such a beautiful man.