'Glee's' Grant Gustin: 'I was gay-bashed' in high school

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" Glee" star Grant Gustin recently talked to Zap2it about his thoughts on the recent media attention given to youth bullies, and why the issue has finally been brought to the forefront in America.

"I was a theater kid. I tap danced when I was in middle school," Gustin says on Saturday (April 21) at the 2012 GLAAD Media Awards. "I played sports and I tap danced, but I was different than the other guys when I was in school. I didn't hang out with them. I didn't do the sports thing."

"I was 'gay-bashed' when I was in school even though, you know, I'm not," he continues. "I'm a straight guy that just happens to be what I do. So, it's easily relatable to me. It was awful. It's a hard time in a kid's life."

"I just listened to the song 'Creep' today by Radiohead and it makes me think about it," he says. "We have a generation right now where people are deciding it's okay to be themselves, and there's still some people out there that are scared of it. We're coming into an era where I think it's going to be, whatever it is, it's going to be more accepted."

For Gustin, his role in the popular television series has certainly played a part in the evolution of social change. After not only incorporating a gay, but transgender character, into the FOX hit, the actor lauds the breakthrough narrative.

On " Glee," he says, "It's a revelation for this generation. Especially last season when Darren Criss' character was first introduced and seeing that kiss between a very young Darren Criss and Chris Colfer was a big statement to make and a statement that needed to be made. And it was done in a very realistic, fair way. No slander. No stigmas placed on it. It makes it real for kids. The show and the characters are so important to them."


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