USC’s Women Inspire Campaign
In honor of Women’s History Month, USC School of Social Work is hosting a blog carnival focused on the women who inspire us to create change in our community. I think this is an awesome time for me to spread some love for someone who has won the hearts of many: my girl, Ellen.
Not only is Ellen Degeneres hilarious, down to earth, and a fabulous daytime talk show host, but she is also a role model for so many LGBT people. Her coming out story was monumental–she was one of the first people in the public sphere to be openly gay and make it totally OK. Her charisma and big heart make her feel so accessible and down to earth. As my Fiancee JJ always says, “She doesn’t know it yet, but we are totally friends.”
Here are 3 Reasons Why Ellen Is My Shero
Ellen supports the Trevor Project
As you may know, last September I launched a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Campaign through USC School of Social Work because it was an issue very near and dear to my heart. Bullying of LGBT or “perceived” gay students has reached a breaking point in the last five years. A series of LGBT suicides caused the world to take a action against bullying and consider the importance of addressing LGBT youth mental health. The Trevor Project is one of the many great organizations working to prevent LGBT suicide & Ellen made it clear that she fully supports their efforts.
Ellen’s “haters are her motivators”
When JC Penney announced that Ellen would be their spokesperson, 1 Million Moms got all upset because she is gay. This was her awesome response:
She is an advocate for change on a Macro/ legislative level
She sent an AMAZING, funny, and poignant letter to the Supreme Court judges to allow gay people to marry.:
Portia and I have been married for 4 years and they have been the happiest of my life. And in those 4 years, I don’t think we hurt anyone else’s marriage. I asked all of my neighbors and they say they’re fine.
Coming out was one of the hardest things I ever did. I didn’t intend to be on the cover of Time magazine saying, “Yep, I’m gay.” The truth is, I don’t even remember saying that. I mean, I definitely said the “I’m gay” part. It’s the “yep” I don’t remember. I’m not really a “yep” person. “Yes siree Bob” maybe. But not “yep.”
I’m celebrating Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day by blogging for the #WomenInspire Campaign sponsored by USC’s masters degree in social work program. Join the blog carnival to honor a woman who has inspired you!