At the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, Ellen DeGeneres offered an inspiring and emotional speech for LGBTQ youth.
I wanna say also it feels good to be chosen but there was a time in my life that I was not chosen, she said in her acceptance speech for Choice Comedian.I was the opposite of chosen because I was different, and I think I wanna make sure that everyone knows that what makes you different right now, makes you stand out later in life. So you should be proud of being different, proud of who you are . . . The most important thing I wanna say is just really embrace who you are because being unique is very, very important and fitting in is not all that matters. It’s being unique and being who you are.
DeGeneres made history over 18 years ago when she publicly came out in an episode of her TV show, Ellen.
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Because my son is gay Ellen’s speech is important to me. She’s a great role model and comedic talent. I remember the hoopla that “forced” her show to be canceled. At the time I was as shocked as most people were to learn she was gay.
Although I knew my son was gay at the time of Ellen’s show being cancelled, I was in denial and hoped and prayed he could be “cured” or made to see the error of his ways. I was raised in an evangelical fundamentalist home which still considers homosexuality to be a major “sin”. Brainwashing (Christian dogma) is difficult to overcome but with time and educating myself about homosexuality and because I love my son with all my heart, I accept him and support him as he is. I believe he loves me warts and all so it’s only fair.
So maybe my prayers actually changed me and my mindset rather than him. God works in mysterious ways.