Though he accepted the Inspiration Award at the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network Respect Awards Friday night in L.A., Big Bang Theory‘s Jim Parsons says he doesn’t quite feel like an inspiration.
In fact, he insists and longtime boyfriend Todd Spiewak are downright boring.
“If we’re inspiring at all, it’s that we’re a very average normal just-moving-right-along-with-our-lives kind of people,” Parsons said of his at the Beverly Hills Hotel before the couple accepted the award from Big Bang co-star Mayim Bialik. “That doesn’t feel like you could possibly be inspirational when you’re going through those day-to-day motions, but I get it.”
It was the first time Parsons and Spiewak, who have been together for a decade, appeared together on the red carpet. Parsons thanks Spiewak at the 2010 Emmys but didn’t come out until a New York Times article in 2012.
“I’ve never considered myself an activist,” Parsons told E! Online. “I’ve never considered my relationship with Todd to be an act of activism. Rather simply, it’s an act of love, coffee in the morning, going to work, washing the clothes, taking the dogs [out]—a regular life, boring love.
The sentiment was shared by Spiewak, but the graphic designer told reporters the two “have no plans” to get married.
GLSEN, an LGBT-youth advocacy group, also presented honors to Designing Women creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, who just completed work on the gay-activist doc Bridegroom, and Lionsgate, which is ironically under fire for working with renowned homophobe Orson Scott Card on an Ender’s Game movie.
Also in attendance were Glee‘s Matthew Morrison, Carrie star Chloe Grace Moretz, openly gay L.A. Galaxy soccer star Robbie Rogers and NBA player Jason Collins, out actors Dan Bucatinsky (Scandal) and Lily Tomlin, and Steve Grand, who performed.