Coming out has been described as an earthquake that shakes the world not only of the person coming out but of everyone around him or her. It has also been described as less a declaration of sexuality to the rest of the world than a personal act of self-love. It is, without a doubt, a discovery of self and a rite of passage that should be celebrated--not only because your daughter or son has taken this courageous step toward being her or his own person, but because you are being given an opportunity to do the same. Coming out is a gift.
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Source Notes: Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey (prologue) (1999). DeGeneres is the mother of actress Ellen DeGeneres, who announced her homosexuality and incorporated it into the plot of her TV show.
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