Hollywood celebrities came out Sunday to pledge their support for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Bill Paxton and Louis Van Amstel were among the celebrities attending the GLSEN LA Respect Kick-Off Party at the EVO Luxury Residences in downtown Los Angeles.

GLSEN works to end discrimination, harassment and bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity in America's schools.

“We've all been kids, we've all been bullied at one point in time either being gay or lesbian or being the fat kid or being the small kid or being the red-head kid,” openly gay, Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Van Amstel told Entertainment Tonight.

Paxton, who stars in the HBO drama Big Love, agreed: “Whether you're gay or straight, you deserve respect.”

“It's a great cause and I'm glad to support it,” he added.

The group announced last week that it will honor ABC's comedy hit Modern Family at its 7th annual GLSEN Respect Awards on October 8 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The group's executive director, Dr. Eliza Byard, praised the show for its “wonderful depiction of two gay dads.”