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“Modern Family” honored with Respect Award by GLSEN

By Greg Hernandez

HollywoodNews.com: The Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) presented the stars of ABC’s “Modern Family” with the Respect Award for embracing diversity on the Emmy-winning sitcom.

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell and is openly gay,was among the show’s stars who were on hand Friday night in Beverly Hills to accept the award.

On the red carpet, he talked about recent reports of gay teens who committed suicide because of bullying.

“I do have the same sort of mixed feeling, in the light of everything that’s happened,” he told the Associated Press. “However, I think an event like this echoes the sentiment that we need to change. This cannot continue happening.”

He remembers getting tormented when he was growing up, at one point having to switch school to escape the bullies.

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