I love to laugh and I love comedians. One of my favorite comedians is the lovely Ellen Degeneres, the woman cracks me up! She can make anything sound funny. As you probably already know, Ellen is a lesbian, and married to Portia de Rossi. And boy, are they in LOVE. I recently read an article about Ellen’s coming out in 1997 and what she thinks looking back on it. She was very afraid to come out, of all the reactions. In the article she talks about how ‘coming out’ made her feel, and it wasn’t always very positive:
She said: "I didn't think it was going to be that much of a surprise. What hurt was this: Does that label, that word, change my talent, my kindness, my heart, my intention for entertaining people? The bottom line is as simple as this, my feelings were hurt. I just gave up and moved to Ojai (in California) and sat in my house as long as I could until I ran out of money. Then I started over again."
Ellen actually came out on the show ‘These friends of mine’ as her character Ellen Morgan. After this episode, The Puppy Episode, the sitcom was all about homosexuality. After coming out on the show, Ellen did an interview on Oprah. She was the first person in Hollywood to be so open about their sexuality. Degeneres also gave a speech on 'Coming out, Gay and Lesbian rights' at the ‘Human Rights Campaign National Dinner’ in 1997. The speech was very inspiring and she had a lot of support.
Now Ellen says she feels very blessed. Her past is her past, she feels so distant from that time that it almost doesn’t feel like her life anymore. She’s happy with her amazing life right now.
Gay, straight or whatever! It doesn’t matter what you are, you can do whatever you like with your life and be AWESOME. Ellen is a great example of that. If you would like to read more about this, click here.