In accepting a Human Rights Campaign (HRC) award, openly gay actor Greg Rikaart slammed Texas Governor Rick Perry.

HRC honored Rikaart with its Visibility Award at its annual gala in New Orleans on Saturday.

The 37-year-old Rikaart, who plays Kevin Fisher on the soap opera The Young and the Restless, alluded to comments Perry made in accepting his prize.

Earlier this month, during an appearance in San Francisco, Perry was asked whether he believes being gay is a disorder.

“Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability to decide not to do that,” Perry answered. “I may have the genetic coding that I'm inclined to be an alcoholic, but I have the desire not to do that, and I look at the homosexual issue the same way.”

(Related: Rick Perry compares being gay to an alcoholic.)

“We all know that there are far too many stories that still don't have that same happy ending,” Rikaart said of a former classmate who had forgiven his childhood tormentors. “Bullied LGBT youth are still committing suicide, same-sex couples are still being denied benefits afforded to heterosexual couples, and Rick Perry thinks we're all a bunch of alcoholics.”

“In Rick Perry's defense, he is a big dumb asshole,” he added. (The video is embedded on this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)

Rikaart came out last year when he responded to the Supreme Court ruling which led to the fall of California's Proposition 8 by tweeting a photograph of himself and writer Robert Sudduth and the caption, “Not getting married anytime soon, but celebrating #equality tonight nonetheless.”