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Ellen DeGeneres' Mom Says After She Came Out, 'I Just Gave Her a Big Hug'

Originally posted 06/26/2015 02:50PM

When Ellen DeGeneres came out to her mom Betty, there was just one negative thought that came to her mother's mind.

"[I thought,] 'Oh darn, her engagement picture won't be in the New Orleans paper so all my friends can see it,' " Betty confessed on stage at Logo's second annual Trailblazers Honors ceremony on Thursday.

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Inside the Career of Eden Lane, TV's First Transgender Reporter

Inside the Career of Eden Lane, TV's First Transgender Reporter

Originally posted 02/21/2015 03:25PM

When Zoey Tur landed a job as a special correspondent for Inside Edition, pundits wondered how audiences would react. Transgender reporters are a rarity on television, and they face unique challenges in such a public career.

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VIDEO: Disney Channel Introduces Its First Same-Sex Couple

Originally posted 01/30/2014 06:00AM



Disney Channel's first-ever lesbian couple made their debut on the show Good Luck Charlie on Sunday night.

The family sitcom centers around the Duncan family adjusting to the arrival of a fourth sibling, a girl named Charlie. In Monday's episode, Charlie's parents, Amy and Bob Duncan, set up a playdate with their daughter's new friend from preschool. It is revealed that the playmate, Taylor, has two moms when both parents come to drop their daughter off.

The storyline was first announced last year, and a Disney Channel spokesperson told TV Guide the choice was part of Disney's continuing effort to "to be relevant to kids and families around the world and to reflect themes of diversity and inclusiveness." Former Disney star Miley Cyrus was eager to support the decision on Twitter.

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Facts of Life Actress Reveals Struggles with Her Sexuality

Facts of Life Actress Reveals Struggles with Her Sexuality

Originally posted 01/28/2011 05:30PM

She was the endearing and plucky cousin Geri on the 1980s coming-of-age sitcom The Facts of Life, showing people with disabilities in an empowering light.

But actress and comedian Geri Jewell, who has cerebral palsy, reveals in a new memoir how much she struggled growing up with a disability and how she wrestled with her sexuality, and reveals she is a lesbian.

In I'm Walking As Straight As I Can: Transcending Disability in Hollywood and Beyond, Jewell writes about the winding path she took from her birth in Buffalo, N.Y., to her career as a stand-up comic to her role as the first person with a disability to have a recurring role on TV.

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