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Matt Bomer & Simon Halls accept GLSEN’s 2012 Inspiration Award


An example to everyone in putting their passion and energy behind family, education, and equality– they’re an inspiration to all of us. So please help me welcome my two friends: the 2012 GLSEN Respect Awards Los Angeles Inspiration Honorees– Simon Halls and Matt Bomer. [Applause] Thank you. [Laughs] Wow. This makes me think–this makes me think I don’t know if any of you guys saw Matt do Glee. There’s a scene where he was just being ridiculous as his character. And then he went out and broke out into song with Darren Chris. And they were doing all this stuff. And at the end, people started clapping and he looked over at his character and he said, “Standing O.” [Laughter] And I sorta feel the same way. I can’t–thank you so much. It’s crazy to give us a standing ovation when there are so many inspirational people out here. Thank you Joe, for that great introduction, and thank you to GLSEN for this very kind award. Both Matt and I are deeply, deeply honored to be receiving it. You know, there are a lot of great organizations out there who do a lot of fantastic stuff for people from all walks of life. But I think I speak for Matt and myself in saying that none of us none of them impress us as much as GLSEN which does this amazing, life-saving work for kids across the country. As you’ve heard by now, GLSEN works in a grassroots manner, to protect young, vulnerable kids from harassment and bullying in schools and in their communities. For that, they deserve all the accolades and all the support they’re getting from all of you tonight. So. [Applauds] To GLSEN. [Applause] As parents, Matt and I have been blessed with three incredible, sometimes crazy, but incredible kids. Having kids really teaches you so many things. And one of the things we’ve both learned in our parenting journey is, how loving and accepting and open children’s minds and hearts are. From day one. We both believe that kids are a constant reminder that man is essentially kind and good and fair. 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. And that’s where the seeds of bullying are sewn. Kids aren’t born to be bullies, they’re taught to be bullies. [Applause] And I think that’s why all of the amazing work that GLSEN does is so essential. Kids need to be given an environment where they feel safe, and where they have hope for the future, and they feel empowered to love whoever they want. So thank you to GLSEN for all you do in creating a safe place for our nation’s youth. And thank you Joe, again. Now, over to my better half, Mr. Bomer. [Applause] Uh, note to self: never let your smarter half speak first. [Laughter] I hope you guys don’t mind if I say a few words as well. Uh, we’re both really honored to be receiving the Inspiration award tonight from an organization that’s been so inspirational to us for so long. I want to echo Simon in thanking Joe. Um, Joe, to be honest with you, I thought the gay-friendliest thing you ever did was dance with me in a thong in Magic Mike– [Laughter] I think, I think you’ve actually outdone yourself tonight. So thank you. You are– [Laughter, applause] You are an amazing friend and an incredible artist, and I’m lucky to know you and you inspire me. And not just with your beard. You know the reason–and a lot of the people who inspire me are actually here tonight. Really starting with this amazing, young generation who are doing such impactful, grassroots work. You guys have to give yourself a hand, I mean it’s– [Applause] You’re doing the real work, frankly. And also established artists like Jeffrey and Ryan Murphy, Harvey, Mike Lambardo, amongst many many others who are here tonight. You tell stories that start a conversation and oftentimes, that’s the first step in dissolving ignorance. So thank you. This organization’s always been special to me, because I grew up in suburban Texas not far from Katy, Texas that we heard about earlier tonight. And there was no GLSEN 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 fourteen year old would do: I signed up for the school play. [Laughter] And the football team to cover my tracks. [Laughter, applause] I’m sure there are many of you out there tonight who probably did something very similar. Um, but you know, 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 who you’re attracted to, feels invisible. And GLSEN gives visibility and authenticity to the kids all across the country and for that, we’re very, very grateful. [Applause] Yeah, so I want to thank everybody who’s here tonight, who started a chapter at your local school, or who had the courage to go to a meeting, and to all those here who donated their time and their money– you’re the ones doing the real work, and we share this award with all of you. And I also especially want to thank–to share it with the kids who don’t have an outreach program and who suffer in silence. Help is on the way. I went back to my high school Alma Mater website this week to just see what the developments were. And front and center on the homepage, this is near Katy, Texas, was an organization called “Bearcats Against Hate.” And Bearcats were our mascot. I don’t know what it is. I still don’t. [Laughter] …know what a bearcat is? It made high school even more confusing. But– [Laughs] I digress. The important thing is, that the work we’re doing here tonight is changing the cultural landscape and making a lot of lives a lot better. So thank you. Mostly I want to thank my amazing family: Simon, our three boys who inspire me every day, [Applause] and I want to thank everybody at the USA Network and FOX, many of whom are here tonight. Jeff Wachtel, Alex Sepiol, and also Chip Sullivan and Eliza Byard who never stop working for this organization. And without whom, this whole night would not even be possible. [Cheers] Bonnie Hamer as well, can’t leave her out. She’s been an amazing influence. And I really want to thank my friends who came out to support, and especially my cast. You guys have been so incredibly supportive of me from day one. You’re like the big Italian family I never had. You’ve stood by me through the good and the bad, and always supported me. Whether voiced or silently. And most importantly, you’ve only ever treated me as an equal artist who’s there to help you tell a story. And that, in my opinion, is real progress. So thank you. [Applause]

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  • (Yawn),i need some time to post a comment about this…like an hour…but i can start with a single word:Humans

  • To answer your first question…because they want to and because they can. Period. I'm hoping that the fact you commented on this video means you actually watched, but please listen again to their message. It's about love and respect for people for who they are.

  • role model+matt bomer!!
    whatever thay said,it's absolutely true!
    i wanna be like them.they have DIGNITY!!i wanna have a relationship just like matt and simon!

  • LOVE yourself no matter who you are ! Cause we're all spécial somehow 🙂
    and OH Matt is so damn HOT :O

  • Simon and Matt look are a great example of the new normal…I hope eventually people will accept and embrace the difference between all of us as a society.good for you guys keep being happy and locking parents and partners.on the lighter side can't believe Simon mentioned my lovely DARREN CRISS!!!thank you Simon

  • kids aren't born with anything but a genetic predisposition towards certain characteristics. It's primarily the parents – as well as outer environmental influences – that mold them with language and beliefs…. it takes a strong kid to hold their own beliefs and convictions against those of their family if they are in a destructive, negative environment. as well, kids may bully unintentionally – which a girl I grew up with told me i did, and gave me an opportunity to apologize for….

  • the more i hear matt bomer speak about himself & his beliefs, the more i like & appreciate him as a person. it makes me so happy when celeb folk reveal themselves to be admirable human beings.

  • I don't expect all gay men to try to be role models, but why would you give an award like this to a gay couple that started a family and repeatedly lied about and hid their children because they stood in the way of professional advancement? If you realize what Simon Halls has done and then watch his speech, the hairs on the back of your neck will stand up. You are watching a cold-blooded psychopath in action. You can delete this comment if you like, but I just thought you should know.

  • I can't believe that in the year 2013 that Hollywood passed Matt Bomer up for the role of Christian Grey in the '50 Shades of Grey' movie because they said he was too "openly gay " to play the role . He would have been perfect for the role . He's a good actor and would have encompassed that role to perfection . I loved the books and always envisioned Matt in the role . I was not the least bit disappointed when he 'came out' . It did nothing to sway me from still wanting Matt for the movie .

  • If you think about it, the gay rights movement has just started up in the last five years and really gained momentum in the last two years or so, so it's a pretty new movement. Before then, there were a few movements to help gays of any age. As for the advancement, it shouldn't matter if you're gay, straight, bi, or trans, but at the time that Simon was building his career, I imagine it did, So he protected his family. Maybe not the best way or the right way, but he did what he protected them.

  • I love how people think gay and lesbian people who are very attractive are a waste. It's no one's problem that you weren't gonna get them, anyway. Assholes. It's a waste of negative emotions to obsess over someone's bedroom preferences and love life unless you're directly involved. Did you even listen to the speech? Thanks for the anti-gay comments on a video about equality.

  • I so love Matt… And Joe. I also respect him for speaking up about himself. Hey at least the men get to appreciate him fineness to the fullest extent.

  • Wow! I didn't know that My sexy Matt was gay! Wow! But I still like him! His hot and Simon I envy you! I love your guy!

  • matt is so hot…Simon is so lucky..well a girl can always dream about him even though he prefers men..Oh well..still love you matt..

  • dijo que es mu orgujoso por la gente que es aqui,que le gradesca para su premio i que es feliz porque el mundo es cambiando,que alguen es aciendo algo,esta agradesido a sus colegas y sus amigos

  • you know what it is though? people like to talk about attractive celebrities, of a different sexual orientation, and say "oh it's too bad they're gay." as if that was surly the only reason such a celebrity wouldn't be interested in them, or as if that was the only hurdle getting in the way of their deep passionate romance. when in reality of course, they don't even have a shot of getting any closer than 10 feet from this guy. plus allot of people who talk like that, are usually busted anyway.

  • I love Matt so much, not just because he's smokin' sexy but because he is also so well-spoken and mature in an honest, humbling way. So yeah, Simon is damn lucky.

  • im totally fine with matt being gay, but honestly he could have chosen someone MUCH hotter. i mean look at him. hes perfect, but simon….eh

  • I know it is, but I don't have any other information about their personalities or why they chose each other, other than their looks. I don't mean it to be rude or say they're a bad couple. I honestly don't really care, but I was just saying matt could do better if you're speaking about only looks, not as a whole.

  • I'm so sad that he won't be playing Christian grey, I had really let myself think that he would. Gah what a disappointment. Lonely video though! Love him and Simon together

  • Just when I thought I couldn't adore matt any more I found out he was gay …. Then I find out he's got a beautiful family with an amazing man . So much respect for Matt bomer, admire him so much, for everything he does and is. Congrats to them for this, they deserve it.

  • okay loved both speeches, adorable couple. if god wanted us all to be the same we would be, you love who you love, how can love be wrong? its not. love is pure and its right! no matter who you love!

  • pleeeease! i'm french, i can read and write english (a little bit) but i don't understand theirs speeches so if a very nice soul could write what they say i would be so pleased and grateful thx

  • I don't get why people are saying "he's the mother, and he's the father". They're both the fathers. That's kind of the point of being gay…

  • Matt and Simon are so cute. And also the friendship between Joe and Matt. Love them.

  • Listen, time will tell. But to me Matt is more interested in Joe the magnificent, who introduced them in this video than in Simon says. The only thing is that Joe is straight and married. Although I heard that he is divorcing or is divorced already, and I wonder why?

  • here the transcript of what Matt and his man Simon said i've found on a blog so thanks to http://t.co/q8SDj2wr

    Simon Halls: Wow. This makes me think— I don’t know if any of you guys saw Matt do Glee. There was a scene— he was just being ridiculous as his character, and then he went out and broke out into song with Darren Criss, and they were doing all this stuff, and at the end people started clapping, and he looked over to [Darren’s] character and he said, “Standing O.” [laughs] And I sorta feel the same way. Thank you so much. It’s crazy to give us a standing ovation when there’s so many inspirational people out here. Thank you Joe, for that great introduction, and thank you to GLSEN for this very kind award. Both Matt and I are deeply, deeply honored to be receiving it. 

    You know, there are a lot of great organizations out there who do a lot of fantastic stuff for people from all walks of life. But I think I speak for Matt and myself in saying that none of them impress them as much as GLSEN, which does amazing lifesaving work for kids across the country. As you’ve heard by now, GLSEN works in a grassroots manner to protect young vulnerable kids from harassment and bullying in schools and in their communities. For that they deserve all the accolades and all the support they’re getting from all of you tonight. So, [applauds] 

    As parents, Matt and I have been blessed with three incredible, sometimes crazy, but incredible kids. Having kids really teaches you so many things, and one of the things we both learned in our parenting journey is how loving and accepting and open children’s minds and hearts are from day one. We both believe that kids are a constant reminder that man is essentially kind and good and fair. 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. And that’s where the seeds of bullying are sown. Kids aren’t born to be bullies, they’re taught to be bullies. 

    And I think that’s why all of the amazing work that GLSEN does is so essential. Kids need to be given an environment where they feel safe and where they have hope for the future and they feel empowered to love whoever they want. So thank you to GLSEN, for all you do in creating a safe place for our nation’s youth, and thank you, Joe, again. And now, over to my better half, Mr. Bomer. 

    Matt Bomer: Uh, note to self, never let your smarter half speak first. [laughs] I hope you guys don’t mind I say a few words as well. We’re both really honored to be receiving the Inspiration Award tonight from an organization that’s been so inspirational to us for so long. I want to echo Simon in thanking Joe. Joe, to be honest with you, I thought the gay friendliest thing you ever did was dance with me in a thong in Magic Mike. But, I think you’ve actually outdone yourself tonight, so thank you. You are an amazing friend and an incredible artist and I’m lucky to know you, and you inspire me. And not just with your beard. 

    A lot of the people who inspire me are here tonight, really starting with this amazing young generation who are doing such impactful, grassroots work. You guys have to give yourselves a hand, you’re doing the real work, frankly. And also established artists like Jeffrey, and Ryan Murphy, Harvey, Mike Lombardo, amongst many, many others who are here tonight. You tell stories that start a conversation, and oftentimes that’s the first step in dissolving ignorance, so thank you. 

    This organization has always been special to me because I grew up in suburban Texas, not far from Katy, Texas that we heard about earlier tonight. And there was no GLSEN 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. [laughs] I’m sure there are many of you out there tonight who probably did something very similar. But you know, 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 who you’re attracted to — feels invisible. And GLSEN gives visibility and authenticity to kids all across the country, and for that, we’re very, very grateful. 

    So I want to thank everybody who’s here tonight, who’s started a chapter at your local school or had the courage to go to a meeting. To all those here who donated of their time and their money, you’re the ones doing the real work and we share this award with all of you. I also especially want to share it with the kids who don’t have an outreach program and who suffer in silence. Help is on the way. 

    I went back to my high school alma mater website this week, just to see what the developments were. And front and center on the homepage — this is near Katy, Texas — was an organization called “Bearcats Against Hate.” Bearcats were our mascot, I don’t know what that is, I still don’t know what a Bearcat is. It made high school even more confusing. But I digress. [laughs] The important thing is that the work we’re doing here tonight is changing the cultural landscape and making a lot of lives a lot better. So thank you.

    Mostly I want to thank my amazing family, Simon and our three boys, who inspire me every day. And I want to thank everybody at the USA Network and Fox, many of whom are here tonight. […] And I really want to thank my friends who came out to support, and especially my cast. You guys have been so incredibly supportive of me from day one. You’re like the big Italian family I never had. You’ve stood by me, through the good and the bad, and always supported me, whether voiced or silently. And most importantly, you’ve only ever treated me as an equal artist who’s there to help you tell a story. And that, in my opinion, is real progress. So thank you.

  • Wow, Matt and Simon, what a great couple! Great speeches from both of them. And Matt is gorgeous even with that awful mustache. 

  • Don't stop, Did anything like this. Because you can do it. 
    While some people can do this, But do not cares anything like this.

    Hope your life tomorrow better than today, and hope everyday are the nice day for you Matt.

  • This is, literally, the first video I see about Simon and Matt and /hell/, if I had any doubts about Simon [okay, I want the best for my baby xD] they just went away the moment Simon stood there and talked. They are so adorable and so supportive. I just can't even start to dislike that. I love how Simon is like all cute-shy smiles and Matt is there like the funny balm for his husband. It's really impressive what they do. Cheers for them both <3

  • @fafanimation: Simon was talking about Matt's character in "Glee" (Cooper Anderson), who WAS ridiculous (and full of sh**!!)

  • Does anyone know how long they've been together? Were they together when their nine year old was conceived? Sorry I am just curious because that's means they've been together over 10 years! Go Matt!

  • If I had the option to be with someone who’s older or younger than me, I’d probably choose someone who’s older because they’re most likely more mature. I know this isn’t always the case though.

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