recently talked to
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.
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."