Charlie Carver Says He Felt Unsafe As a Gay Kid in School in GLSEN Acceptance Speech

Out actor Charlie Carver, who came to fame on MTV’s Teen Wolf and will next be starring in Warner Bros. The Batman next summer, says he often felt unsafe as a kid and student while accepting the the GLSEN Gamechanger Award.

GLSEN works to create safe and inclusive schools for LGBTQ students.

According to Instinct magazine: The cast of the upcoming Netflix film, Boys in the Band, got together remotely on Monday to honor fellow cast member, Charlie Carver, as the recipient of this year’s GLSEN Gamechanger Award.  Carver, whose previous acting credits include the ABC drama, Desperate Housewives and Teen Wolf, came out in 2016.

“Part of the reason why I decided to come out in 2016 was that I might help young people in their relationship to shame.  I didn’t want spectacle. I just wanted to reveal this part of myself and a kind of way I wish I’d been able to share all those years in school as a simple wonderful fact of who I was.”

According to CNN: In his acceptance speech posted on the organization’s website, Carver wrote: “I always knew I wanted to do something with my life that might help young people in their relationship to shame. I didn’t want spectacle. I just wanted to reveal this part of myself in a kind of way I wish I’d been able to share all those years ago in school as a simple wonderful fact of who I was.”

He continued, “It was my hope that by writing this post and sharing why I’d arrived at the decision to come out professionally that some young person out there could feel the change that I felt was coming and had been coming and would be coming, the change we all hope for and work for and wait for in our lives as LGBTQ folks.”
“LGBTQ kids really suffer from the shaming they interject on the internet, often at school and sadly sometimes at home and it affects them for the rest of their lives. But I believe LGBTQ people are resilient and, in some ways, particularly special,” Carver said. “I think we seem inherently capable at thinking compassionately, acting courageously, working creatively and living in community. But those qualities, those essential qualities can really only emerge in an affirmative, safe and encouraging environment.”
Actors Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Brian Hutchison, and Michael Benjamin Washington presented Carver with the award.