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Matt Bomer gets candid about growing up gay

By Mallory Hatten,

White Collar star Matt Bomer spoke at GLSEN’s Respect Awards on Saturday, where he revealed what it was like growing up gay but unable to tell anyone.

This man walked right by me yesterday & I did not scream.... on Twitpic

E! News reports that Bomer, who was honored at the event alongside partner Simon Halls, revealed, “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.”

The actor went on saying, “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.”

Bomer, who has three sons with Halls, also talked about what being a father is like. “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.”

According to the Huffington Post, Bomer, who starred in Magic Mike alongside Channing Tatum, Matthew McConaughey and Alex Pettyfer, only recently became more comfortable with discussing his sexuality. “I never really endeavored to hide anything,” Bomer said. “But there were times I chose not to relegate my history to the back page of a magazine, which to me is sort of akin to putting your biography on a bathroom wall.”

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