Ellen DeGeneres: We Must Change the Message

March 1, 2008 at 10:08 am 1 comment

I posted Ellen DeGeneres commentary on the murder of Lawrence King, openly gay 15 year old who was murdered by a 14 year old classmate, but, I want to make sure that you see it because Ellen hit the nail on the head when she says “We have to change the message.”

By making this statement, Ellen is definitely helping to “change the message” and she is doing so in a far more eloquent way than anything I have seen coming from GLBT advocacy groups. I say that not to denigrate the incredible folks who work tirelessly to advance our civil rights. There are some brilliant people pushing the message of GLBT equality like David Smith at HRC, Steve Ralls who has just made the jump from SLDN to PFLAG and the amazing Cathy Renna. But, nothing changes the message and persuades non-gay people of our humanity and the moral rightness of our movement for equality more than GLBT people living their lives openly and honestly.

We owe it to ourselves and each other to come and to do so in a way that is empowering and safe. That’s the way we began to change the message that being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is something unworthy of respect and dignity.

Coming out resources:

Resource Guide to Coming Out
Resource Guide to Coming Out for African-Americans
Guía de Recursos Para Salir Del Clóset
Coming Out as Transgender
A Straight Guide to GLBT Americans
Resources for Straight Allies

Entry filed under: Advocacy, Celebrities, Hate Crimes, LGBT, Politics, Video, YouTube. Tags: , , , .

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  • 1. K  |  March 1, 2008 at 5:27 pm

    Ellen can reach a very large audience, many of the members of which would never have heard about Lawrence otherwise. She did a very, very good thing with her message.

    She gets criticized sometimes for not being more vocal about our rights, and that’s foolish, short-sighted criticism — she wouldn’t have a national show with a large audience if she were outspoken on any political matter.


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