David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris

Celebrity gay couple Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka say that they do not want to be seen as “role models” for LGBT people.

The couple – who are raising twins together – made the comment at the recent L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center’s 40th Anniversary Gala.

“I sort of go out of my way not to be Soap Box Johnny,” Harris told E Online.

“We’re super happy to lead by example, but even to define ourselves in any kind of leadership position I think is awkward. I cringe when I hear people say they consider themselves role models.”

Burtka, the actor’s partner of seven years, added: “We really don’t do anything. We take care of our kids. We’re in a relationship. We love each other, but we don’t go out of the way to stand on a soapbox, like Neil said.”

The Emmy-award-winning Harris is best known for his roles in Doogie Howser, M.D. and in How I Met Your Mother. He recently starred in the hit movie The Smurfs.

Burtka is also an actor as well as a chef and runs a Los Angeles catering company.

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