At the 11th annual GLSEN
Respect Awards over the weekend, Justin Timberlake shared a story
about a childhood friend coming out to him.
GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian & Straight
Education Network, works to create a safe space in schools for
children who are or may be perceived to be gay, lesbian, bisexual or
Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel were
presented with the group's Inspiration Award.
Timberlake and producer-songwriter Matt
Morris appeared together on The Disney Channel's The All-New
Mickey Mouse Club.
“I was obsessed with his voice,”
Timberlake told the crowd. “One of the most amazing voices. I
actually learned how to riff because I would follow him around and he
was like 'maah' and I was like 'maah.' So I was probably very
annoying to him.”
“But I'll never forget – he was 14
years old, I was 12 years old, and we were riding our bikes in
Orlando, Florida, where you ride your bikes, and he said, 'Hey man, I
have something I have to tell you.' And I said, 'Yeah, I know.' And
he said, 'No, it’s very important to me.' And I said, 'Yeah, I
know.' And he said, 'OK, I'm just going to say it.' And I go,
'Yeah, I know.' He said, 'I'm gay.' To which I said, 'Yeah, I
know.' He said, 'Really, you know?' I said, 'Yeah, I know.' He
said, 'How do you know?' I said, 'Matt, you make us breakfast in
your own tortilla pan with a headband on while you're wearing a mud
mask every morning. And you know what, I love you for that,'” he
Morris is currently married to Sean
Also honored at the event was out actor
Zachary Quinto, who received GLSEN's Champion Award.
Quinto accepts GLSEN award in memory of “truer champions.”)