Bret Lockett may be wrapped up in a sex scandal with Kim Kardashian, but that doesn’t mean the New England Patriots safety doesn’t have a soft spot for the downtrodden. Bret recently posed for the NO H8 Campaign, which raises awareness and funds for gay-rights causes.

He told gay sports blog Outsports that he posed for the NOH8 campaign because he was bullied in high school.

“It’s a sad thing. And it’s not just being gay. There are kids who kill themselves for being a nerd or being fat. There’s not enough support in life today. We need to start lifting people up instead of trying to bring them down.”