I don’t recall where I came across this (although I’m thinking it was from the Ellen page on facebook). This is a 5 part video about Ellen coming out on her old sitcom (and even more importantly for her personally, she came out personally to the public at the same time).
While I typically believe that somebody’s sexual preference is their own personal thing, I believe that for somebody to come out is probably one of the hardest things a person could do. One of the few people in the world that I REALLY care for is a gay woman, and even though she was “out” before we met, I have a fairly good understanding of her struggle, and I think it at least gives me an idea of how frightening coming out can be for somebody. And for a celebrity, where it could take away your career, it might even be a bigger deal than typical.
And yet, even with that, I likely would not have posted these videos (and links) if not for two things. First of all Ellen is, IMO, one of the 5 funniest stand-up comedians of all time, and I’m a huge fan of her comedy. Because of this, I was more inclined to watch these videos myself, since they are about somebody I am “in to”. And secondly, and even more importantly, I found the story compelling. and well done.
So without further ado:
As a small aside, I tend to equate the homosexual fight for acceptance with the current struggles of atheists to be open out their belief (or lack there of) in a society where the most hated minority (according to most polls) are non-believers. So this may be yet another reason that I so strongly identify with stories like this one.