Watch: Soapie star receives Human Rights Award calls Texas governor an asshole
Out actor Greg Rikaart was honoured with the Visibility Award from the Human Rights Campaign. The Emmy award-winning star of day time soap Young and The Restless used the occasion to lambast Texas governor Rick Perry as a big dumb asshole.
Perry had previously made headlines for comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.
Accepting his award, Rikaart recalled his time as a closeted teenager who repressed his sexuality to the point that it manifested in bullying of other LGBT youth. It's a very different story to today - Rikaart is an out and proud man who regrets the decisions of his teenage years.
In his speech, Rikkart drew attention to the high suicide rates of LGBT teenagers and suggested more work needed to be done to support LGBT youth and the LGBT community at large.
“LGBT youth are still committing suicide. Same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples and Rick Perry thinks we’re a bunch of alcoholics... In Rick Perry’s defence, he is a big, dumb, asshole,” Rikaart commented.
Rikaart came out publicly on June 26 last year – the day that the Supreme Court revoked the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) – by tweeting a selfie of himself and partner Rob Sudduth...
Watch Rikaart’s acceptance speech