You know, when I came out ,people warned me that it was going to ruin my career and they were right for a while. Actually, for exactly three years, I lost my career but look at me now.
It goes to show you how important it is to be your authentic self and how important it is to accept others as their authentic selves. I didn't see a lot of people like me on television when I was a kid.
After joking that the only lesbian character she saw on TV was Peanuts' Peppermint Patty, DeGeneres continued:
I think about what the next 25 years will bring, and I hope that we keep evolving. I hope, like a little tiny egg that turns into a caterpillar that then turns into a cocoon that eventually, emerges and spreads its big, gay butterfly wings.
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