Michelle Obama Talks Bullying With Ellen

The First Lady appears on today’s episode of Ellen, where the two discussed bullying.

Mrs. Obama said young people need to know that they shouldn’t let the challenges they face in high school or college “eat them up.” “All of these young people regardless of their race, their sexual orientation, they are gifts to us,” she said. “They have so much to offer and it’s just terrible to find out that kids are letting this part of their life define everything about who they are going to be.” The first lady said she tells daughters Malia and Sasha that they have a responsibility to speak up when they see someone being bullied.

Joe. My. God.

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Ellen Calls for End to Bullying, Suicide

ELLEN DEGENERES VIDEO STILL X390 (WB) | ADVOCATE.COMEllen DeGeneres calls for an end to the recent epidemic of bullying and gay teen suicide in a video released today.
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It Took An Ellen DeGeneres Runway Cameo to Remember Richie Rich Still Makes Clothes

OH SNAP — Richie Rich, one-half of the now defunct Heatherette, yesterday shows off his New York Fashion Week runway model, who's clearly enjoying her time in New York.


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Portia De Rossi to Take Ellen DeGeneres’ Name


Portia de Rossi will soon be Portia Lee James DeGeneres, TMZ reports:

"Portia has filed a petition to legally change her name to Portia Lee James DeGeneres. She filed the papers in L.A. County Superior Court last Friday.

As for why … the petition says, 'Petitioner is taking the last name of her spouse.'"

The couple married in August 2008.

Towleroad News #gay

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Ellen's plea for understanding

I just saw a video clip that apparently is from the Ellen DeGeneres Show that will air today (Friday, Feb. 29). In it Ellen talks about Lawrence “Larry” King, the 15-year-old in Oxnard, Calif., who was allegedly shot and killed, at school, by a classmate. Apparently, Larry — an out gay kid — had asked the other boy to “be his Valentine,” and that’s what prompted the boy to shoot him.I cried when I first heard about this tragedy. I cried again when I watched this clip from Ellen.I cried for Larry King, and for every other LGBT person who has ever been teased, taunted, intimidated, threatened, injured or killed just for being themselves. And I cried for the children who have to live in this hateful world we have created.My partner and I have two children. Is either of them gay? I don’t know, and it certainly wouldn’t make any difference in how we feel about them if they were. But I admit to being afraid for them. Even if neither of them turns out to be a L, G, B or T person, they are still being raised by two moms, and that’s more than enough for some little homophobe-in-training to decide my kids are a good target.My partner and I do everything we can to encourage our children to be themselves and to be proud of who they are. We also do everything we can to make sure they are safe. I can only pray that “everything we can” will be enough.

Like Ellen said, something has got to change. And the change has to start now.

— Tammye Nash

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