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  • Ellen DeGeneres

  • has a way of making you laugh about something

  • rather than at someone.

  • Except when I danced on her show,

  • she laughed at me.

  • But that's ok.

  • It's easy to forget now.

  • When we've come so far

  • for now marriage is equal under the law.

  • Just how much courage was required

  • for Ellen to come out on the most public of stages almost 20 years ago.

  • Just how important it was.

  • Not just to the LGBT community, but for all of us.

  • To see somebody so full of kindness and light

  • somebody we liked so much,

  • somebody who could be our neighbour,

  • or our colleague,

  • or our sister,

  • challenge our own assumptions.

  • Remind us we have more in common than we realized.

  • Push our country in the direction of justice.

  • What an incredible burden that was to bear,

  • to risk your career like that. People don't do that very often.

  • And then to have the hopes of millions on your shoulders.

  • But it's like Ellen says

  • we all want the tortilla chip that can support the weigh of guacamole,

  • which really makes no sense to me.

  • But I though would break the mood

  • cause I was getting kind of choked up.

  • And she did pay a price.

  • We don't remember this.

  • I haven't remembered it.

  • She did... for a pretty long stretch of time,

  • even in Hollywood.

  • And yet, today, every day in every way,

  • Ellen counters what too often divides us,

  • with the countless things that bind us together and inspire us to be better.

  • One joke, one dance at a time.

  • Ellen DeGeneres

  • In a career spanning three decades,

  • Ellen DeGeneres has lifted up our spirits and brought joy to our lives

  • as a stand-up comic, actor and television star.

  • In every role, she reminds us to be kind to one another

  • and to treat people as each of us wants to be treated.

  • At a pivotal moment, her courage and candor helped change the hearts and minds of millions of Americans,

  • accelerating our nation's constant drive toward equality and acceptance for all.

  • Again and again, Ellen DeGeneres has shown us that a single individual can make the world

  • a more fun, more open, more loving place, so long as we just keep swimming.

Ellen DeGeneres

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Ellen DeGeneres Medal of Freedom Award 11-22-16

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    Kiara posted on 2016/11/28
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