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Betty DeGeneres    

Mother of Ellen DeGeneres; Advocate for LGBT Civil Rights and Breast Cancer Survivor

Gay rights activist Betty DeGeneres is the mother of actress, comedian, and Emmy Award-winning talk show host Ellen DeGeneres. Thrust into the spotlight when her daughter publicly came out of the closet in 1997, DeGeneres quickly became one of the strongest and most visible advocates for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender civil rights.

Betty DeGeneres is the Human Rights Campaign's first heterosexual spokesperson for its Coming Out Project and the author of two books: Love, Ellen: A Mother/Daughter Journey and Just a Mom. A passionate keynote speaker on diversity and equality, DeGeneres shares insights from her own journey to encourage audiences to accept and understand others, regardless of sexual orientation and identity.

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A Mother Daughter Journey

LGBT speaker Betty DeGeneres offers moving insight into her life as Ellen DeGeneres' mother while promoting education, compassion, and justice for alternative lifestyles.

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