Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey

Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey

by Betty DeGeneres
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Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey by Betty DeGeneres

"Mom, I'm gay." With three little words, gay sons and daughters can change their parents' lives forever. Twenty years ago, during a walk on a Mississippi beach, Ellen DeGeneres spoke those simple, powerful words to her mother. That emotional moment eventually brought mother and daughter closer than ever, but it was not without a struggle. In Love, Ellen, Betty DeGeneres tells her story: the complicated path to acceptance and the deepening of her friendship with her daughter, the media's scrutiny of their family life, and the painful and often inspiring stories she's heard on the road as the first nongay spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's National Coming Out Project.

Insightful, universally touching, and uncommonly wise, Love, Ellen is a story of friendship between mother and daughter and a lesson in understanding for all parents and their children.

"Mom, I'm gay." With three little words, gay children can change their parents' lives forever. Yet at the same times it's a chance for those parents to realize nothing, really, has changed at all; same kid, same life, same bond of enduring love.

Twenty years ago, during a walk on a Mississippi beach, Ellen DeGeneres spoke those simple, powerful words to her mother. That emotional moment eventually brought mother and daughter closer than ever, but not without a struggle. Coming from a republican family with conservative values, Betty needed time and education to understand her daughter's homosexuality -- but her ultimate acceptance would set the stage for a far more public coming out, one that would change history.

In Love, Ellen, Betty DeGeneres tells her story; the complicated path to acceptance and the deepening of her friendship with her daughter; the media's scrutiny of their family life; the painful and often inspiring stories she's heard on the road as the first non-gay spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaigns National Coming Out Project.

With a mother's love, clear minded common sense, and hard won wisdom, Betty DeGeneres offers up her own very personal memoir to help parents understand their gay children, and to help sons and daughters who have been rejected by their families feel less alone."Mom, I'm gay." With three little words, gay children can change their parents' lives forever. Yet at the same times it's a chance for those parents to realize nothing, really, has changed at all; same kid, same life, same bond of enduring love.

Twenty years ago, during a walk on a Mississippi beach, Ellen DeGeneres spoke those simple, powerful words to her mother. That emotional moment eventually brought mother and daughter closer than ever, but not without a struggle. Coming from a republican family with conservative values, Betty needed time and education to understand her daughter's homosexuality -- but her ultimate acceptance would set the stage for a far more public coming out, one that would change history.

In Love, Ellen, Betty DeGeneres tells her story; the complicated path to acceptance and the deepening of her friendship with her daughter; the media's scrutiny of their family life; the painful and often inspiring stories she's heard on the road as the first non-gay spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaigns National Coming Out Project.

With a mother's love, clear minded common sense, and hard won wisdom, Betty DeGeneres offers up her own very personal memoir to help parents understand their gay children, and to help sons and daughters who have been rejected by their families feel less alone.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780688176884
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2000
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 352,246
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 4 Years

About the Author

Betty DeGeneres was a working mom who held a variety of jobs--from employment counselor to speech pathologist--while her children were growing up. In 1997, after her daughter's coming out, Betty was named the national spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign's National Coming Out Project. Now she travels around the country to promote honesty and openness about being gay, having a gay family member, and supporting equal rights for gay people. She lives in Los Angeles.

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Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a huge fan of Ellen DeGeneres for a long time, and several months ago I saw a rerun of her coming out episode. I was amazed and very impressed. It was sooooo well done. I admire and respect Ellen to no end for who she is and what she's done to help so many people. I got this book for Christmas from a friend and it just intensified my adoration of Ellen and gave me respect for Betty as well, for loving her daughter unconditionally and being willing to work through her initial shock. Ellen is my favorite celebrity and such a huge role model to me, and I'm so glad Betty wrote this book to help people come to terms with either their own sexuality, or that of a close family member. Love, Ellen can be helpful to all kinds of people in all kinds of ways and I'm so grateful that Betty wrote it. We need more love and affection in this world and it doesn't matter what form it comes in. Ellen and Betty are helping that concept to be more widely accepted by just sharing their story with us, and using their position of celebrity to make a difference in the world. Thank you Ellen and Betty!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love Ellen is a beautiful story about the unbreakable bond between mother and daughter. No matter how difficult the challenges faced by either Betty or Ellen their love has always remained strong proven in this eye opening book. So many times we read about celebrities lives and are only shown a small portion of their emotions as though they need to hide their most sensitive side from public view. Love Ellen is an exception to that as we see a side of both women as they truly are: sensitive, emotional and very human. Read for yourself the laughter, sadness and tears as you explore their journey together. You will come away with the realization that no matter how difficult your own struggles may be there is help for you if only you can open your heart and trust. As you get to know the DeGeneres family you will realize they are just as ordinary as the rest of us. I highly recommend this book for those who need help coming out, loved ones needing a better understanding of homosexuality and that it is not a choice, but rather just another side of many individuals and also to fans of Ellen's who just want to explore who she is and how she made some of the most difficult decisions of her life. This book is a very real account of the understanding we, as human beings who share so much in this world, need to accept.
Guest More than 1 year ago
would recommend to anyone
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ellen is most definitley gay. A) if u watch her show so much then u should know that. B) ellen mentions her beautiful WIFE portia all the time. C) her amazing mother wrote that book to help other parents accept their children for who they are. D) i look up to ellen so much so dont go hating on her mother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Both mother and daughter are delightful and Inspiring!
Martie67 More than 1 year ago
This mother's story of her very famous daughter, Ellen DeGeneres, is heartwarming, sad, funny, and inspiring to say the least. If you don't have an open mind to diversity, you probably will after reading this book. If you don't, how sad for you. It also tells a story about an awe inspiring mother and the many accomplishments in her life. I would recommend this book to all who know how to love unconditionally.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ellen book opened my eye's as a nice of a gay family memeber...Ellen is so awsome and as a 24 year old in 2006 ellen as saved my life........
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What did you do....Copy & Paste that rant from some Jesus Saves blog? Seriously, I really get tired of ppl like this that use the Review section as a pulpet for their personnal beliefs when ALL I WANT IS A FRICKEN REVIEW OF THE BOOK!! Ok i feel better lol.
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Repost this in three books kiss your hand three times then look under your pillow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please, fo the love of all that is holy, spare your brainceels and go and look up the history of dirt. It would be alot less pointless and boreing than this book. Yo pack pups!