Post submitted by Kat Skiles, former HRC Senior Marketing Strategist
HRC was honored to present Colton Haynes with our Visibility Award in Seattle this past weekend. His speech was truly touching and there wasn't a dry eye in the house!
Coming out matters -- especially for the countless LGBTQ kids who watch Colton's shows.
An objective truth remains, that we live in a country where people are sometimes treated differently because of who they are and who they love. When people like Colton use their voice to speak up on behalf of equality, it changes hearts and minds. Congrats again, Colton!
Coming out – whether it is as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer or allied – matters. When people know someone who is LGBTQ, they are far more likely to support equality under the law. Beyond that, our stories can be powerful to each other.
Whether it's for the first time ever or the first time today, the experience of coming out and living openly covers the full spectrum of human emotion -- from fear to euphoria. Coming out -- whether it is as LGBTQ or allied -- is a deeply personal journey for each individual. Learn more at HRC’s Coming Out Center.