Colton Haynes could hardly choke back the tears as he accepted the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award in Seattle this weekend.
“I have skilled a lot of ‘wow’ moments in my life,” he stated. “But I believe tonight, it is almost certainly topping all of them.”
The 28-year-old actor Teen Wolf and Arrow actor officially came out as gay this spring. He also shared his struggles with anxiousness and how show business can push actors into the closet.
“It’s taken me a extended time to get here,” he mentioned. “I never ever made a choice to be gay. That came as naturally as the colour of my eyes. Tonight, I can be myself for the initial time. And it feels amazing.”
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Haynes hoped he could be an instance to LGBT youth by sharing his story.
“My guarantee is basic and true, and I’m not creating it to you,” he said. “I’m creating it to the subsequent generations of lesbians and gay men, bisexuals, and transgender youth, and I hope my instance will give them the confidence and hope to be who they are as properly.”
Watch the complete speech below.