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Jim Parsons & Todd Spiewak accept Inspiration Award at the 2013 GLSEN Respect Awards – Los Angeles



so sorry to read to you I promise that I mean it but it's an odd thing it's so much easier to memorize words that aren't yours than it is to memorize words that are yours is something mind-numbing ly scary about this Thank You Maya and Carly Maya you are such a loving intelligent and good person and while Todd and I have shared many friends for many years you were the first person that we both agreed that we wanted to have here with us thank you for doing this checking my zipper thank you all for having us here tonight I might say how many more when Todd and I were so graciously hoping we heard that we are so graciously being given this inspiration and we're we're very flattered that we were also very confused it just seems like there are so many people in this world who do really amazing things who are inspirations to other we're surrounded by these people tonight glistens student ambassadors are to me some of the most truly inspiring people I've ever had the pleasure for me as she mentioned I presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Jeffrey and Marilyn Katzenberg here last year with Carly it was right there and after hearing Carly speak that night I just I only wanted how long until I had to call her senator my initial response when asked to name someone who is an inspiration is to look for someone like Carly who like the other ambassadors has decided to step up and take a stand and actively attempt to make a difference in their societies I look for people who see a problem and injustice on inequality and who know that the only chance to rectify that issue is to get up and speak their minds in front of their peers fully aware that this act puts them in the line of fire I've been lucky enough to meet Larry Kramer because I've had the incredible good fortune of working on his piece the normal heart right now actually I was not going to do it there's so many good people from HBO here and Brian Murphy is here and I'm in the midst of work nights with all of them and Ryan Murphy Things is a wonderful job on the movie version of the normal heart I'm very excited for all of you to see you I really wanted to do that it seemed so sweet doesn't it cheapens the moment that is such a good thing and back to my words it is impossible to work on the normal heart without starting to understand what Larry is all about Larry Kramer is a human he has an acute sense of injustice and a refusal to let anything slide by uncommented pond when he sees it as unjust and while the normal heart covers a period in Larry's life where he spearheaded the struggle to bring attention to the AIDS crisis at a time when the epidemic was largely being shunted aside because it was considered a gay disease I believe his play continues to resonate with audiences so strongly because it also serves as a parable about all the Larry's and Carly's and student ambassadors in our world whatever the particular cause is all people understand an inspiration when they see it so when I hold myself up to these types of qualities these types of people I feel like pale in comparison I think that what people like Carly and Larry do is called activism and I've never considered myself an activist I have never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism rather it is simply an act of love coffee in the morning going to work washing the clothes taking dogs regular life boring love no offense you know what I mean by that yes it's a good place to be – come on now all this said no one is giving us an award for activism I realized this so if we are indeed an inspiration to others by simply being who we are and living our lives and the way that feels right to us then we have to thank the same people who help any other couple who continue a successful relationship our friends and family we are both surrounded by so many wonderful people who make our lives better and easier friends we've had for many years and friends we've made this living in LA like the whole cast and crew of the Big Bang Theory and we receive so much love and support from each of our families mine in Houston and Todd's whose parents are actually with us tonight thank you Thank You Ellie and Lou for being such an important part of our lives and our dog's lives and now I should let Todd speak well as always Jim didn't leave much for me to say but I just wanted to give a few extra thanks again to Eliza and everyone i glisten for this great honor and all your hard work to mild to my own thanks again for being here with us tonight we also wanted to thank Jeffrey and Maryland Katzenberg and chip Sullivan for inviting us to this event last year for without your invitation we wouldn't know about this organization and the great work listen is doing across the country and lastly to my most supportive parents for making the trip out from Philadelphia to be here tonight you

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