Joe Manganiello, who plays werewolf Alcide Herveaux on HBO's supernatural drama True Blood, has praised Matt Bomer for coming out gay.

Bomer, star of USA Network's White Collar, officially came out last February when he thanked his partner Simon Halls and their three children for their love and continued support in accepting an award for his HIV/AIDS advocacy in Palm Springs.

The couple was honored Friday night by The Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) at the group's eighth annual Respect Awards in Beverly Hills.

In presenting the award, Manganiello heaped praise on his Magic Mike co-star, saying: “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.”

In accepting the award, Bomer said children learn to be bullies from the adults around them.

“Having kids teaches you so many things, and one of the things we both have learned in our parenting journey is how loving and accepting and open children's minds and hearts are. Unfortunately, in some parts of the country, some kids are taught at an early age that being different is somehow bad or wrong or worthy of ridicule… Kids aren't born to be bullies, they're taught to be bullies.”

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