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Matt Bomer and partner Simon Halls are presented GLSEN’s Respect Award by Joe Manganiello

A big congratulations to Matt Bomer and Simon Halls who last night received the Inspiration Award at the 8th annual GLSEN Respect Awards held at Beverly Hills Hotel.

I was supposed to cover the event but had a back issue that required some time on a heating pad. Better now though!

Anyway, E! Online was there and shares that Matt and Simon were presented the award by Bomer’s college pal and Magic Mike co-star Joe Manganiello who said of the couple: “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.”

GLSEN stands for Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and the organization tries to affect positive change in schools.

“When I was in high school, there was no safe haven, there was no outlet for you to speaking your mind,” Bomer said on stage. “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.”

Halls, one of the most powerful publicists in Hollywood added: “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.”

To see more photos from the evening, go over to Socialite Life.

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