Video of Matthew’s acceptance speech at the GLSEN Awards on June 1, 2015. Wife Renee Morrison had to deliver his speech, since he was on vocal rest.

 

Matthew Morrison was literally speechless when honored at the GLSEN Respect Awards on Monday night.

The Finding Neverland star, who was given the Inspiration Award for his portrayal of exemplary educator Will Schuster on Fox’s Glee, was put on vocal rest for a week due to a bout with bronchitis.

Nevertheless, wife Renee Morrison accompanied him onstage at New York City’s Cipriani 42nd Street and read his speech aloud. The actor held up a dry-erase board with the joke, “This is my GLSEN day of silence,” referencing the organization’s annual protest for those who are forced to remain mum due to bullying.

The honoree’s speech noted that Morrison has had a taste of LGBT-targeted bullying. “Often, there’s a misconception that if someone studies the arts or is into musical theatre, that they are gay, as if being gay is a negative,” said Matthew via Renee, recounting how a journalist asked him about the common misperception. “My response? I love gay people, so I’m not going insulted or angry by being called gay. As a straight man standing up for the LGBT community, I feel a sense of responsibility to make sure that people know that being gay is not a negative.”

Passionate about arts education and LGBT rights, Morrison continued, “Glee became a source of hope, inspiration and release for so many affected audiences dealing with these very issues, … [and] allowed some kids to walk a little taller and prouder and be more confident in themselves. As an actor, I’ve never been more proud.” He dedicated the award “to the kids out there everywhere who have stood up to bullying and who are not just afraid to be themselves, but proud to be themselves.”

Other honorees of the evening included architect and philanthropist John Stryker, teacherDesiree Raught and Johnson & Johnson.

 

Hollywood Reporter

Matthew is honored at the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards!
POSTED ON Jun 02, 2015 BY Valentina INGallery

Matthew was honored with the Inspiration Award at the 2015 GLSEN Respect Awards at Cipriani on June 1 in NYC.
Due to his vocal rest, his wife Renee delivered his speech onstage.

2015 GLSEN Respect Awards (June 1)

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GLSEN, the leading national education organization focused on ensuring safe and affirming schools for all students, today announced that it will honor Matthew Morrison, Jon Stryker, Johnson & Johnson, teacher Desiree Raught and the Nixa High School Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) at GLSEN’s Respect Awards – New York to be held on Monday, June 1, at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.

The Inspiration Award will be presented to Mr. Morrison, best known for his Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated portrayal of Will Schuester on Fox TV’s “Glee” and now starring as playwright J.M. Barrie in the Peter Pan-inspired Broadway musical Finding Neverland. After his Broadway break playing heartthrob Link Larkin in John Waters’ Hairspray, Morrison was nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Light in the Piazza and a Drama Desk Award for 10 Million Miles.

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