Joe Manganiello: [...] 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.
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 inMagic 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
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.
Seems Halls is a bottom? Bomer has a manly voice.
Great speeches! Sweet couple!
The transcripts left out some names Bomer thanked.
I thought he sounded like one of the Beekmans as well, though I hadn't settled on which one.
Nice speeches from both of them.
I thought they were both professional speeches. Very good but contrived, especially as Matty has been playing football since he was a kid and his Dad was an ex draft football player....so you didn't 'join' because you had to hide..you joined because you'd been playing your whole life. He also quit football at 14 to join the drama club. Plus he won like most popular guy at school...I also read somewhere that he was out and all the girls used to try and 'change' him...
Haha Matty, you're JUST like all those kids!
R15 There were pictures that showed he did not quit football until he finished high school. He was 17 and still playing football. He did theatres till late night after school with Lee Pace. His photos from high school looked like he was a happy kid growing up. May be he knew how to fake happiness. Where did you read girls trying to change him? He likely came out in his senior year at HS, not before that.
Stop with the stupid beekman shit. Matty voice may be lower but thw emo/fem mannerisms give away his bottom status everytime. Nothing about Simon says bottpm....he's the top...period
R17 Matt is no way feminine. His ass might be prettier but I don't know what you see feminine in his mannerism. Simon looks confident but who said a confident man cannot be a bottom?
STFU. You know NOTHING unless you have proof? Some of us with brains and no low self esteem laced with severe self/loathing towards gay men, take what the poster back in 97 said which was that Bomer was versatile. End of. Grow up.
I read that comment re girls when he came out. And I wasn't thinking he was 14 if he was out at HS but maybe like the senior year. It's irrelevant when he stopped playing football, my point was more about the fact that he never joined the football team because he HAD to hide. He has been playing sine he was a child.
We have seen photo's are a very cute smiley kid w red hair in his football kit...
Maybe he was faking being happy but I don't think so...though I do feel he prolly felt frustrated, like most of us who had to 'fit in' until we left and went to university where we could be our crazy creative selfs...something you can't do in small minded towns.
Or, r19, maybe he liked football when he was little, but by the time he reached high school, he wanted to stop. And maybe felt he couldn't, because doing drama alone would tip people off. Maybe someone told him drama alone was "too gay."
I really don't understand your inability to accept what he said. There are a million explanations for it, and almost all of them make sense.
Bomer may be versatile but Simon Halls is exclusively top.
Why does Joe look like Tevye?
It's chicks who are obsessed with this top/bottom thing, right?
Isn't Halls a Brit? He seems to have an American accent.
r23 who knows..? I think it's men tho..but I don't know..
Did we ever decide if Pace got a piece of that?
Halls is from LA, you probably got the Brit thing cause someone was pushing that he was the heir to the Halls mentholyptus fortune (he's not.)
Thank you, r27 .
'Halls' is a brit name!
The trolls here saying Simon is the bottom are deluded. Matt is versatile but a btm wth Simon - Simon is an exclusive TOP!
Bomer's mannerisms when he's around Simon says everything, and I don't think he cares that people assume/know he plays 2nd fiddle to Simon in the relationship (if you now what I mean).
No I will not stfu bitch! I say what I want, believe what I want. Matt MIGHT be vers but Simon is the man in that household in EVERY WAY!!
So I guess that confirms who the top is.
Sometimes I really feel that Matt's fanfraus care more about his anus than his acting.
R32 He's boring outside acting, so you can't blame the fraus for focusing on his other 'attributes' real/imagined.
Did you notice Bomer doesn't make eye contact with Halls? Is he shy to do it?
R32 They care more about their idealized and fetishized image of his life with Halls and the kids -- their "head canon". Some major league fag hags there.
R32 R35 Agree. Sickly obsessed with Bomer's personal and sexual life that he wants to keep private. Same pull of fanfraus analyzes which one of twins is Bomer's, where they went for holidays, if they left children behind so the fucking can be easy, from where Bomer buys his condoms. I can go on. Here is how they imagine him.
IMO Matt was joking a little with the "joining football team to cover the tracks". He probably tried to lighten up the speech, so it would not be overwhelmingly serious.
He said in interview that he left football his senior year in HS, because it was too difficult to do both theatre and football and be professional at both. And he was more passionate about theatre anyway. Maybe he also came out the same year. Anyway it is actually possible that he was hiding at first when he started high school, but then he was out later, his senior year or sth.
[quote]He looks and sounds exactly like Beekman Boy Brent (give or take a foot in height).
He sounds absolutely nothing like Brent. Let it go, hon. And what's with this obsession about defining either Simon or Matt as a "top" or "bottom"? I know from years on DL that this concept is difficult for many of you who've never had a long-term relationship, but in reality most men are sexually versatile (which isn't to say they don't like a particular position better, and some men don't have anal sex at all).
Matt and Simon don't have sex at all. Matt just likes to lean against Simon and hold hands and cuddle together in bed while nibbling on fruit and cheese and frolic in the water while gloriously naked.
that sounds good r43...except a don't like most cheeses.
R44 Simon, the fanfraus would be only too happy to hear from you about your dietary concerns and accommodate you. Go to town!
Simon Halls is not versatile. Exclusively top.
Look at the way he handed over the trophy to Bomer and look how Bomer handed it over before his speech. Any observant person will be able to tell who is the top.
Frankly, I think Bomer tries hard not to show his vulnerable side physically and stand their as manly way as possible. But, sometime when he is not paying attention, it does come out which is adorable. Halls look like he deeply adores Bomer. Hope Bomer can be more relaxed to express affection for Halls in future.
Yes, R31. And it's R30, just so we all know.
Exactly what R42 said.
LMFAO!!! Comment of the day!!
Any notice how ALL of Bomer's roles are directly related to Halls? The Winters Tale? Director is repped by Halls....New Normal & The Normal Heart? Murphy is repped by Halls...the spaceship movie? EVERY actor/actress in that movie is repped by Slate PR..
Whatever but people are seriously naive if they don't think that be being w Halls, Matt has had a much better career then he would have. The volume of work since they've been together to before is astonishing...esp as actors tend to want to act more when they are young and White Collar was the/is the least seen show he had/has ever done. It's cable.
On Traveler he was on ABC. Chuck was on NBC.
Not that I am complaining as this is great towards gay visibility.
Thank you for that assessment, Captain Obvious.
R46 Gotta go with R49 on this. This part especially made me spew my coffee.
[quote] and stand their as manly way as possible
I haven't gone to utube yet - am I to understand that Simon speaks with gay voice?
Here, r53. Not the most severe case of gay-voice I've ever heard, but it's there.
Thanks for the link, r54, although I wouldn't call it gay voice, just a slightly nasal tenor voice.
Simon Halls is incredibly lucky. Does he have both the dick of death and an awesome personality? Matt is quite the catch...
[R50] I thought that the Space Station movie connection was Carnegie Mellon University, not Slate PR. Matt Bomer, Patrick Wilson and Jack Plotnick (the director) are all CMU graduates.
BTW not every actor from that movie is repped by Slate PR. Bomer is not. At least not officially. ;)
Space Station 76 is a tiny little movie, and he's doing them a favor by appearing in it, not the other way around. Winters Tale, yes, the director is repped by Halls.
Halls is well-entrenched in Hollywood and Matt has benefitted for years and will benefit from his connections. There's nothing wrong with that, it is simply the way Hollywood works.
Would love to see the two of them be affectionate with each other
A movie about troubled relations aboard a space ship set in the 70s Buck Roger view of the future? The description of Space Station 76 reads like a cheesy film student project. Unlikely this movie will ever see the light of day.
It's one of those films like "Psycho Beach Party" that will play at the Cinemark for two weeks and then repeat on Logo until the apocalypse. It sounds cute, I'm looking forward to it.
[quote] He did theatres till late night after school with Lee Pace
I agree r55. Although the tone is one that I usually associate with gay voice, he doesn't have it. Not like Robert Conrad did.
Oh, it's there. You can hear the slight, reedy vibrato that afflicts so many of us.
Seriously, guys? Still?
He has Matt Bomer's eyes. Matt Bomer's famous, legendary eyes have been passed on to Simon's biological son?
This is not a difficult story to figure out.
WTF do I need to do, photoshop him in a fedora?
How can one twin be Matt's and the other twin be Simon's?
For that to happen they'd have to mix each sperm sample together and used the mixed sperm to inseminate the donor mother, and this in the USA is illegal.
LOL That idiotic idea about Walker being Matt's biological son is still going on?
Anyway, Walker doean't have Matt's eyes. Just because both have blue eyes doean't mean that they look similar. Matt has very specific eyes, with very small pupils and big irises. That's why his eyes are so strikingly looking. Someone compared them to husky eyes. Walker doesn't have eyes like that at all. And he looks very much like Simon (all the kids look like him actually).
Link is for R69
R70 = moron
R71 = braindead
It really boggles the mind how Matt's fans can spend all day looking at photos of him and still can't tell when a son looks like his father.
It seems that WIMBST will be a troll and an idiot forever.
MIxing sperm is not illegal; look at NPH and his twins.
[R74] Exactly, NPH did the same, as well as many others. Doesn't change the face that I'm sure they are all Simon's.
I think it's illegal in the US not in the UK though, Elton and David had their kid like that.
Funny to find so many neo-lamarckians here. Why do you guys think Walker looks like Matt?
Weird. I saw the photo and couldn't believe how much he looks like Simon! Especially when he opens up his face to yawn-man Simon randomly does that ALL the time, same shape of mouth.
If this weird troll that is obsessed with Walker being Matt's is not kept out, this thread will close like all the others...
[quote]Why do you guys think Walker looks like Matt?
I have a curious affliction wherein the nerves from my eyeballs happen to reach my brain, and I can recognize when a little boy looks like his father.