Colton Haynes' Speech For The Human Rights Campaign Shows Just How Imporant LGBT Visibility Is — VIDEO

In early May 2016, actor Colton Haynes publicly came out as a gay man in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Before that moment, Haynes was subjected to a slew of speculation, and he shared with EW that he had already come out to his friends and family privately, but that he was always warned to hide it from the public due to his career. Now, just a few months after his reveal, Haynes has been honored with the Human Rights Campaign's Visibility Award, and his beautiful and inspiring speech show how important his coming out was, especially given his platform.

Haynes credits his recent exciting endeavors in his career to finally living his truth, which is a beautiful statement in itself. It is a very humbling fact to realize that just a few months ago, Haynes was still struggling with anxiety and fending off rumors of his sexuality, and now, he is proudly standing on a stage receiving an award for bringing visibility to the LGBT community, simply for being himself. Haynes began his speech through tears, and said,

While trying to compose himself, Haynes revealed the importance being honest. He continued,

Haynes living his truth will serve to inspire other people struggling with coming out. The past few months of Haynes' life show how being true to yourself can allow you to fly. The fact that it has happened so very quickly gives me hope that LGBT people will be able to find acceptance as nurturing and welcoming as he has. Haynes said he didn't feel deserving of the award just yet, but explained,

Towards the end of his speech, Haynes gave a beautiful nod to the Human Rights Campaign:

Haynes is a living example of the LGBT community's promising future and a voice that will continue to inspire those for years to come.