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The AfterEllen.com Huddle: Un-Coming Out

Sexuality is a damned hard thing to wrap our minds around, and certainly to agree upon. Very often public figures comment on their own identities and the queer community feels ownership and pride—until those identities change. Anne Heche might be the most infamous when it comes to having dated Ellen DeGeneres and later saying she “changed her mind” about being gay. Just this week, Jessie J took to Twitter to say her own bisexuality was a phase.

While it’s true that celebrities, like anyone else, have the right to their own private life and identities, it’s hard not to be affected by their statements, especially when they echo the kinds of arguments that opponents of equality use against us. So this week’s Huddle is all about that: Was there someone whose reneging on their sexuality particularly disappointed you?

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Ellen rocks the Oscars, looks amazing in a tux

Before we get into the highlights of the 86th Annual Academy Awards (The Oscars, if you’re nasty), let’s take a moment to bask. Ellen DeGeneres, arguably the world’s most famous lesbian and your grandmother’s favorite person, hosted the event, rocking tux after fabulous tux. Yes. An out lesbian wearing designer tuxes, hosted the freaking Oscars. Are you thoroughly basked?

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Ellen Degeneres Opening Monologue for the 2014 Oscars

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Ellen DeGeneres’ best joke from her opening Oscar monologue.

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Morning Brew - Ellen DeGeneres covers "People"

Ellen DeGeneres is on the cover of People magazine this week, and inside she talks about hosting the Oscars (this Sunday night!), coming out and her relationship with Portia. (For the record, they are very much in love.) An excerpt on coming out:

After I came out, I went through a really tough time. And that’s okay. For whatever reason, it was a big deal for me to come out. To me, my coming out was the equivalent of if Liberace had come out. I didn’t think it was going to be that much of a surprise. What hurt was this: Does that label, that word, change my talent, my kindness, my heart, my intention for entertaining people? I thought everyone knew me, and I didn’t think that one little adjective was going to define me.

Ellen Degeneres came out in 1997. This makes me strangely sad. 

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AE Exclusive Interview: Liz Feldman talks making “One Big Happy” with Ellen DeGeneres

Good news, everyone: 2 Broke Girls writer-producer and blazer-loving gay lady, Liz Feldman is bringing a lesbian lead character to network television. The AfterEllen.com alum who gave us “This Just Out with Liz Feldman,” recently got the green light from NBC for her very own series pilot, One Big Happy. The multi-cam sitcom focuses on a lesbian and her best lesbro who decide to have a baby together, just as he meets the love of his life.

We talked to Liz about her never-ending mission to bring lesbian characters to network television, why hosting “This Just Out” was one of the happiest times in her life, and how her recurring dreams about Ellen DeGeneres literally came true.

Continued on AfterEllen…