Colton Haynes Tearfully Accepts Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award With Speech About LGBT Youth

"I’m making a promise to the next generation of lesbians and gay men, bisexuals, transgender youth, and I hope my example will give them the confidence and hope to be who they are as well, and for them to conquer their own fears and their own hesitations."

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Actor Colton Haynes accepted the Human Rights Campaign’s Visibility Award on August 27 with an emotional speech in which he promised to lead by example for LGBT youth.

“I have experienced a lot of wow moments in my life, but I think tonight it’s probably topping all of them,” the Arrow actor, 28, said with tears in his eyes at the HRC Seattle gala on Saturday, August 27.

Earlier this year, Haynes publicly came out as gay during an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Haynes has been an advocate for the LGBT community since he first opened up about his sexuality in May.