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  • All right.
  • Our goal with this show is to make people happy
  • and feel good every day.
  • So when I got this letter from a viewer in Big Lake, Minnesota,
  • I knew I wanted to meet him.
  • "Dear Ellen, My name is Bryden [? Giving. ?]
  • I want to tell you about my incredible mom, Michelle.
  • We went through a tough time when I came out
  • to her as gay in high school.
  • We live in a small town and she didn't
  • know if people would accept my lifestyle.
  • Luckily, my mom adores you and your show,
  • and because of you, she was able to accept me for who I am,
  • and we are now closer than ever.
  • My mother would freak out if she could meet you.
  • She's done so much for me.
  • I would love to help make her dream come true."
  • Well come on down, you two.
  • [MUSIC PLAYING]
  • [INAUDIBLE]
  • Thank you.
  • All right.
  • I'm going to put a mic on you so I can hear you, OK?
  • You do whatever you want.
  • All right.
  • So, hi.
  • Hi.
  • Do you need a tissue or something?
  • Yes, thank you.
  • Well, so, this is an amazing story,
  • because all you want is acceptance
  • from your-- especially your family.
  • And that was a hard thing for you
  • to accept when he first told you.
  • And why do you think that was?
  • I think it wasn't that, you know, it was him being gay.
  • I was more worried about what society, and the hoops
  • that he was going to have to go through with being gay.
  • I didn't know if that would give him a hard time getting a job.
  • But regardless, with this man's personality,
  • he's going to go a long way.
  • Yeah, well, that's important.
  • I mean, I think that is the parents fear.
  • Sometimes it is it's not who they wanted their children
  • to turn out to be, and it's your disappointment with yourself.
  • But for you it was your fear for him.
  • It was.
  • But if more people did this, then you
  • wouldn't have to worry about him in the world,
  • because the world would accept all of us,
  • because we are everywhere.
  • I'm not worried about this man at all.
  • It's just that a lot of people don't come out.
  • But that's really cool.
  • So, did you struggle with-- how long did you struggle
  • before you decided to come out?
  • I think I knew about my struggle with it probably for good four
  • to five years.
  • And the primary reason why I don't
  • want to just jump out and be like, yo, friends, what's up?
  • I'm gay as heck.
  • But we were from a small town.
  • It wasn't normal.
  • I didn't have any openly gay friends.
  • I had wonderful, warm supportive friends,
  • but I didn't know of anybody else that's done it before.
  • So it was just a very solid solitary thing to do.
  • And so it was just too scary at that point and time.
  • Right, especially if you're gay as heck.
  • Yes.
  • It's one thing to be gay, but when you're gay as heck,
  • it's risky.
  • So, Michelle, I know that you were most
  • nervous about telling your dad.
  • Yes.
  • Why is that?
  • My dad and I, we never had a real strong relationship.
  • And him and I have never discussed sexuality or anything
  • like that.
  • And so I just told Bryden to give me some time for me
  • to tell him.
  • And I tell you, when I did, it was so unexpected.
  • We were sitting at the kitchen table,
  • and I just said, Dad, I've got to tell you something.
  • I said, Bryden is gay.
  • And he just got up from the table and came over
  • and gave me a hug.
  • And he's not a hugging type of person.
  • And he just said, Michelle, I don't care if Bryden's gay,
  • because I love Bryden.
  • And I love Ellen.
  • I watch Ellen every day, and she's gay, so I don't care.
  • So it was just--
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • Wow.
  • That's great.
  • Hi, Dad.
  • What's his name?
  • Don.
  • Hi, Don.
  • How are you?
  • What a great man you are, Don.
  • That's really cool.
  • Did you understand her worry for you?
  • No.
  • That's, I think, one of my largest regrets,
  • too, is because when I came out my senior year,
  • it was very much military acceptance,
  • like, everyday should love me, pride flag to the max,
  • waving it around.
  • If my family is as supportive and loving as they
  • say they are, they should completely
  • accept me right off the bat.
  • And so her initial reactions were definitely-- it was hard.
  • It was very, very hard.
  • Well that's amazing that both of you have come together
  • and you're this close.
  • That's really-- it's a beautiful story.
  • And you raised him.
  • You were a single mom, and made a lot of sacrifices.
  • We learned that you haven't had a real vacation,
  • so Shutterfly wants to change that.
  • Shutterfly wants to give you $10,000 so you can
  • take the vacation of your life.
  • [APPLAUSE]
  • All right.
  • We'll be back.

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Ellen surprised Michelle Messer, whose son Bryden wrote to the show about his mother, who at first had a difficult time after he came out to her, but they both credit Ellen with helping to mend their relationship. Ellen also had a special gift for the single mom, thanks to her friends at Shutterfly.

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