Ellen DeGeneres assembles an all-star line-up for a remarkable LGBT thank you video to Obama
Ellen DeGeneres assembled a remarkable line-up of LGBT celebrities and allies to say thank you to President Barack Obama.
DeGeneres kicked things off by mentioning marriage equality, the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the passage of hate crime legislation.
‘President Obama, we are all so grateful for everything you’ve done in the name equality, kindness and love,’ she said.
DeGeneres’ wife Portia de Rossi thanked Obama for her right to get married as did Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tig Notaro, Lance Bass and Neil Patrick Harris.
Tom Daley who is engaged to Dustin Lance Black said: ‘As a gay man who’s going to be getting married to one of your Americans, I just want to say thank you.’
Jim Parsons summed up Obama’s accomplishments by saying: ‘You presided over a period of time that turned out to be in many ways one of the most positive periods of time in the lives of gay Americans.’
Laverne Cox weighed in on behalf of transgender people by saying: ‘You had the first transgender presidential appointees. You were the first president who ever even uttered the word transgender and I certainly hope you won’t be the last.’
Rachel Evan Wood was emotional in her video.
‘I’m going to try and do this without crying,’ she said.
Wood thanked Obama ‘for changing the way people thought about us and honestly the way I thought about myself. That hope is going to stay with me. Thank you for everything.’
Also weighing in were Lily Tomlin, Colton Haynes, Jonathan Groff, Dan Bucatinsky, George Takei, Guillermo Diaz, Chris Colfer and Alan Cumming.
Joked Tomlin: ‘Too bad aliens didn’t come during your presidency. We would have been so proud to take them to our leader.’
Straight allies Sarah Silverman, Debra Messing, Kristen Bell, Eric Stonestreet and Drew Barrymore were among those who also had messages for Obama.