Congrats on your surfboard, Ellen, and thanks for all the inspiration.
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres' very presence in the public eye as an out lesbian celebrity for the last twenty years, and her relationship with her wife Portia de Rossi has been an enormous service to the LGBTQ community. She's shown how absolutely normal she is, to the point of being almost dull (very cute show though, love the dancing!). In 1997, she sat down with Oprah to talk about how hard it was for her to come out and how she hid her sexuality for years, and people forget now what a brouhaha it was. Well, she gave a gentle reminder in her speech at The Teen Choice Awards last night and it was very touching:
Wow, thank you so much. I’m honored to be in that category. There were some hilarious people and so thank you very much. And what a coincidence, and it’s convenient, I was on my way to the beach, I had forgotten my surfboard so this will come in handy. I’ll put it on top of my car.
I wanna say right now that I am pro-Teen Choice – just wanna get that out there. And you know they say teens make bad decisions but you made a very good decision tonight by choosing me. That was smart, smart, smart. All of you.
I wanna say also it feels good to be chosen but there was a time in my life that I was not chosen. 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.
I won a People’s Choice Award, I would think that teens would be in that category. I don’t know why teens are not in the “people” category but if they’re breaking it down, I’d like an award from the elderly and babies — if that’s going to happen — to cover everybody.
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 what matters. It’s being unique and being who you are.
And what an amazing day this is, this is my 7-year wedding anniversary, so happy anniversary.
That's right, teens, Ellen says to embrace your differences. And she's a damn millionaire with a beautiful wife. Happy anniversary, you two!