Charlie Carver is set to star in the most anticipated movie The Batman. The young actor apart from the film, Charlie has been in the news for being an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community. The actor recently received an award from GLSEN as the game-changer of the year. In his acceptance speech recalled feeling unsafe in school for being gay.
For the unversed, Charlie Carver who will be seen in The Batman with his twin brother came out in 2016 through an Instagram post. Recently, GLSEN is an organization that works for building safe schools for LGBTQ+ students. The organization holds an award gala every year. But due to the health crisis, this year the event took place virtually.
While accepting his game-changer award, Charlie Carver in his speech as published on GLSEN’s official website, said, “I always knew I wanted to do something with my life that might help young people in their relationship to shame. I didn’t want a spectacle. I just wanted to reveal this part of myself in a kind of way I wish I’d been able to share all those years ago in school as a simple wonderful fact of who I was. It was my hope that by writing this post and sharing why I’d arrived at the decision to come out professionally that some young person out there could feel the change that I felt was coming and had been coming and would be coming–the change we all hope for and work for and wait for in our lives as LGBTQ folks.”
Charlie Carver spoke about how he grew up amidst his family that was supportive of him. But what he was afraid of was his school. “There was just this abiding sense that school wasn’t safe or more than anything, if I let my guard down and if I fully relaxed into a state of belonging that something swift and terrible would come and find me,” he said. “And I recognize now that that thing I was so afraid of, the thing I was sort of running from and trying to manage, was my own shame.”
In his speech further, Charlie Craver expressed how kids from the community have to suffer many things including humiliation at school, amid friends and sadly sometimes at home. But he is optimistic. Charlie feels the community has resilience like no other and they can fight back all odds.
Charlie Craver was presented the award by his The Boys In The Band co-stars Jim Parsons, Matt Bomer, Zachary Quinto, Andrew Rannells, Robin de Jesus, Tuc Watkins, Brian Hutchison and Michael Benjamin Washington.
More power to Charlie and we wish him luck for his future endeavours!