The White Collar star opened up about what it was like for him to spend his high school years closeted and growing up “covering his tracks.”
“When I was in high school, there was no safe haven, there was no outlet for you to speak your mind,” Bomer said during a Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network awards ceremony.
“So I did what any self-preserving 14-year-old would do – I signed up for the school play and also the football team to cover my tracks.
“When that happens, when you aren't allowed to speak about who you are, one of the most authentic parts of who you are, which is who you love or who you're attracted to, feels invisible.”
Magic Mike co-star and True Blood actor Joe Manganiello presented Bomer with the “Inspiration Award” and showed him his support:
“You are the example that the rest of our country needs to wake up and see in terms of equality and putting an end to the bullying epidemic and making sure that every family is respected in our schools and our society,” Manganiello said according to E! News.
The 34-year-old gay actor, who publicly came out in February, is still in the run to play the lead role of Christian in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey.