I have been watching Ellen since I was 12 years old. I never thought anything of her being gay. Ellen being who she is has inspired me in many ways, before I even realized my own sexuality. When I was coming out I watched a lot of documentaries on her own story. She is such a light in the world and she has helped me find the strength to carry on through hard times. Coming out wasn't the easiest thing for me and watching how she dealt with her own trials helped me to see that it does get better.