Ellen DeGeneres gets the credit helping a MN man accept that his grandson is gay

Here’s your daily dose of sweetness:

Michelle Messer of Big Lake, Minn., a big fan of Ellen DeGeneres, didn’t know the fix was in to get her on the show, which airs today.

Her son, Bryden, had written DeGeneres about his mom and the support she and his grandfather gave him when he came out as a senior in high school. So, at the taping of the program where they were in the audience, she became the guest.

She told the host she was nervous about telling her own father his grandson was gay.

She needn’t have been.

“He just got up from the table, gave me a hug. He said, ‘Michelle, I don’t care if Bryden is gay. I love Bryden and I love Ellen. I watch Ellen every day. She’s gay so I don’t care,'” she said.

  • MrE85

    I was lucky to have had some very close friends come out to me in high school, although they not generally “out” to the world, including their parents. I had a chance to learn early on the gay people were just…people, like everyone else.

    They took a risk on my friendship, and I have never forgotten the trust they gave me.

    Some very good friends, indeed.

    • Jack

      I got to know a number of gay individuals when I was in high school. Made a huge difference in my life as I didn’t see them as different or scary. See my comment on Bob’s 1/15 early posting.

    • crystals

      One of the conversations with my grandpa I’ll always remember as when he told me (over a game of cribbage, where so many good conversations happen) about his cousin who was gay – in rural Minnesota, in the 1930s. The family wasn’t supportive, sadly but unsurprisingly, and the young man left home for NYC. My grandpa lost touch with him but said he always felt that it wasn’t his cousin’s choice to be gay – it’s who he was, and he was glad that he was able to leave here and live his life.

      It both made me adore my grandpa even more, and was a good reminder of how far we’ve come.

  • BReynolds33

    I love her over the top Minnesota accent. Awesome.

  • JamieHX

    I think Ellen is one of the most (if not THE most) important reasons why our culture has become so much more accepting of gay people.

  • JonasGrumby