Colin Farrell has always been outspoken, but now he’s lending his support to an organization against homophobia. Farrell’s own brother Eamon is gay, and Colin was the best man for his wedding last year.
The actor spoke recently at an event for the charity BeLonG To, an Irish LGBT organization for teens struggling with discrimination. He said, "I can't remember much about the years of physical and emotional abuse my brother, Eamon, suffered.
"The thing I do remember though, quite literally, is blood on his school shirt when he came home in the afternoon. The beatings and taunting were very frequent for him and a constant part of his school years.”
"Intolerance is not genetically encoded—it is taught. It is learned at home. It is learned in the classrooms and it is learned anywhere else we gather as a group," he continued. "Bullying is torture, it is another betrayal of basic human decency and its scars reach into the future of its survivors."
Wow, good for Colin! He’s changed so much in recent years, and is finally acting like an adult! We hope he continues to raise awareness about this important charity.