White Collar hunk Matt Bomer and his longtime partner Simon Halls arrived arm-in-arm to the eighth annual GLSEN Respect Awards, where the couple was honored for bravely coming out publicly earlier this year.
"There are so many people here who should be honored probably before me," said the modest, 34-year-old Magic Mike star of the occasion highlighting his contributions to promoting awareness of same-sex relationships and stopping bullying in schools.
"[GLSEN is] just an amazing organization that teaches about tolerance and accepting people for who they are which I think is really simple but really necessary."
At the forefront of his passion for the network and its cause are his three young sons: Kit, Walker and Henry.
"I'm glad there are organizations like this so my kids can go to school with people who are learning to accept others for who they are and it's just a really beautiful organization," adds Bomer.
ET executive producer (and GLSEN
co-chair) Linda Bell Blue was also on hand alongside fellow co-chairs Donald De Line, Chip Sullivan, Dave Karger, David Phoenix and GLSEN executive director Dr. Eliza Byard.
An out and proud Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory) also walked the carpet along with Oscar-winner Octavia Spencer, Joe Manganiello, Amy Adams and country singer Chely Wright with her brand-new bride, Lauren Blitzer.
Also honored at the ceremony were Marilyn and Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bob and Harvey Weinstein and Texas student Luis Veloz, who was named 2012 GLSEN Student Advocate of the Year.
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