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See Greg Rikaart receive HRC Visibility Award: “I am so grateful to be living in this time of our civil rights movement”

It was a week ago that Young and the Restless star Greg Rikaart received the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award in New Orleans and I’ve just located the presentation on YouTube – posted by HRC.

Love the clip reel of Greg as Kevin Fisher on Y&R and guesting on Bones, Dawson’s Creek and The Closer, a nice red carpet interview at the GLSEN event, a few PSAs and even a brief glimpse at a Greg In Hollywood page!

Greg, an Emmy winning actor, came out publicly last year on the day of the Supreme Court rulings on DOMA and Prop. 8. But he was already speaking out publicly for LGBT equality.

Greg recounts some of his soap alter ego’s misdeeds which includes once electrocuting a stripper by rigging her pole and joked: “Or as you all might call it, just another night out in New Orleans.”

“I was 10 years old, I was terrified about being gay and I wanted to be just like the other boys.”

But he is still haunted by the fact that he bullied a classmate named Josh. But through Facebook, he was able to find Josh and he sent him a very belated apology.

He wrote: ‘I wish I could go back and tell the 10 year old version of myself that I didn’t need to make somebody else feel bad or less than to try and make myself feel better and I told him I was sorry for every unkind thing I ever said or did to him. He wrote me back a lovely reply, told me he had long since forgiven me and anyone else who was unkind to him. But we all know that there are still far too many stories that don’t have that same happy ending. LGBT youth are still committing suicide. Same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and Rick Perry thinks we’re a bunch of alcoholics.’

(Perry, the governor of Texas, recently compared homosexuality to alcoholism)

Rikaart added: ‘In Rick Perry’s defense, he is a big, dumb, asshole.’

‘I am so grateful to be living in this time of our civil rights movement and I’m amazed at how fast everything is changing. It’s so fucking exciting.’

Greg told the crowd about the circumstances last June 26 that led him to come out publicly via Twitter. He reveals for the first time that he and his partner, writer Robert Sudduth, had been drinking wine with a barbeque and washing their dog with tomato juice after he had been sprayed by a skunk when inspiration struck.

‘I had long been an out gay man in my life but was ready to stop being evasive about the issue publicly. So Rob and I took a selfie, I posted it on Twitter and I felt equal.’

The couple met at a party in North Hollywood and have been together since 2005.

‘You make me laugh all the time and it’s really fun sharing this life with you,’ he said to Sudduth in the audience who he called ‘my Rob.’

‘We’re not married, yet. But if we were to get married today, we’ve got 19 states where we can do that.

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