Hollywood's finest stepped out for the 6th Annual Gay and Lesbian and Straight Education Network Respect Awards (GLSEN) to stand up against bullying.
"Modern Family" was recognized at the ceremony for their efforts in promoting tolerance, and actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson was extremely proud of the honor, telling ET, "The fact that they chose our show to sort of single out and say you are doing a great job at demonstrating tolerance and demonstrating respect amongst the gay and lesbian community, ... we're just so, so happy to be here."
His "Modern Family" costar Sofía Vergara added, "Human beings in all aspects ... we should tolerate each other. We should learn to respect each other."
Linda Bell Blue, executive producer of Entertainment Tonight and "The Insider," was a co-chair of the event, and commented on the efforts made by the celebrities in Hollywood to support GLSEN. "Because of your amazing support, we have already raised more than $900,000," Linda announced to the cheering audience.
Fellow GLSEN Award co-chair Kevin Brockman, executive vice president, Global Communications, Disney/ABC Television Group, joined Linda onstage for the awards ceremony and addressed the crowd, saying, "GLSEN has enhanced the lives of countless students by improving school climates in respect to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues."
"Big Love" actress and Golden Globe winner Chloë Sevigny is among the stars who is helping speak out against bullying, telling ET, "Anything that may be different or strange to you ... try to have some compassion and understanding for different kinds of lifestyles."
Entertainment Tonight's senior broadcast producer and writer Heidi Clements agreed, saying, "I think people need to stop paying attention to what someone's sexuality is, so that they can start paying attention to what's important in the world like injustice."