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EDITORIAL: Clovis grad Chris Colfer is a winning example for gay teenagers

Chris Colfer's star is shining brightly during this Hollywood awards season.

On Sunday, the Clovis East graduate won a Golden Globe award for best performance by an actor in a supporting role for his work in the Fox musical/comedy series "Glee."

Then on Tuesday Colfer won a Dorian Award, presented by the Gay & Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, for TV comedy performance of the year. He is also nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award. The SAG awards will be presented live on Jan. 30.

"Glee" executive producer Ryan Murphy created the character, gay teen Kurt Hummel, specifically for Colfer, 20, after he had originally auditioned for the role of Artie.

Colfer's sensitive portrayal of Kurt, who stands up for himself with dignity against bullying classmates, has provided a positive role model for gay teens everywhere. "I got a message from a boy in Nebraska who said watching Kurt makes me feel like I'm not alone," Colfer said.

Colfer said his speech teacher, Mikendra McCoy, was his biggest influence during his own troubled high school years. On the first day of class, McCoy told students: "As long as you truly embrace who you are, no one can ever use you against you." His words in his Golden Globe acceptance speech echoed that sentiment.

"Most importantly, to all the amazing kids that watch our show and the kids that our show celebrates, who are constantly told 'no' by the people in their environments, by bullies at school that they can't be who they are or have what they want because of who they are. Well, screw that, kids."