Colton Haynes makes a tearful speech after winning the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign.
It was a special night for Colton Haynes this Saturday at the HRC Seattle gala on Saturday, August 27 where he was presented with the Visibility Award for his efforts in creating awareness for the LGBT community. The Arrow star previously expressed his anxiety publicly and eventually came out as gay.
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From the moment that he started to get on stage, Colton started to tear up. With the award in hand, he turned to make his speech which was emotional and inspirational at the same time.
He said that he had been asked to play so many characters but in that moment he was himself. He said that he He said that he was “lucky” to be a part of a “such a strong, fierce and united community that believes as I do that equality is our birth right, not a slogan.”
He said that being gay was as natural to him as the colour of his eye. He said that in showbiz, everything is exaggerated but he was true to his decision to come out and he was glad to use that attention to create the awareness.
He went on to promise the next generations of lesbians and gay men, bisexuals, and transgender youth” that he would “give them the confidence and hope to be who they are too, and to conquer their own fears and hesitation.
I want give them just a little more courage to know they are loved just as they are, and to know they will grow up beautiful and strong and proud.
Colton later posted more of his feeling on Instagram in a message which read that he doesn’t necessarily feel especially deserving of this recognition.
We all know that there are many other ways, many other people who have come before me and blazed the trail as LGBT advocates and role models. He’s walking in their shoes and following their lead.