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:

Sources: Teen Choice Awards