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The Ellen show

I've just finished reading Judy Wieder's interview with Ellen DeGeneres ["Ellen Again," September 25] and am completely blown away! Ellen's honesty and true-blue down-to-earthness were riveting. From her dealings with ABC to her life in the media circus during her relationship and breakup with Anne Heche, I found her nothing less than smart, funny, humble, and, yes, "historic." When she mentioned The Power of Now--practically my new bible--I think I fell in love. She's inspirational! I watched her first show with admiration and delight, never once doubting her chosen path when she came out to America. I will be there for this new one with bells on!

Ted Johnson, Brooklyn, N.Y.

In spite of the tragic events of September 11, it was wonderful to go to my mailbox and find on your cover the most stunning picture of Ellen DeGeneres I have ever seen. She represents us as a community beautifully and does it with enormous grace.

Tom Clark, Santa Ana, Calif.

Ellen is a true role model for us all. I was very impressed by her humanness, depth, and honesty. I'm one of those recent broken hearts she refers to, and as I go through this process that she so well describes, it helps to hear from someone who has gone through the same thing that it is possible to heal and to use this experience in a positive way. Even though I'm single now, I vow to stay home Friday nights and watch her new show, which I know will be great.

Brenda Hopkins, San Juan, P.R.

Many of us have been waiting a year to have some idea of how Ellen is in the aftermath of her relationship with Anne. Your article was both moving and touching. I am thankful to her for sharing with us as much as she did. Ellen's public behavior since the breakup and especially amid the publicity over Anne's book has made me as proud of her as a role model for us as I was when she came out. Her honest words about love, broken hearts, and recovery are a testament to lesbian relationships. Anyone who reads it will understand that she and Anne loved each other. She is taking the next logical step with her career.

Kelly Devanny, Cheshire, Conn.

I am fed up with the lack of (positive) exposure given to bisexuals in your magazine. In particular, your interview with Ellen DeGeneres: The interviewer asked her if she is through with dating straight women. Because Anne Heche dated only men before she was with Ellen and is with a man now does not make her a straight woman who flirted with being gay and has now had enough of it. Has Anne said she is a straight woman? Not that I've seen. In a recent interview with Barbara Walters, Heche said, "You fall in love with a person, not a sex." That sounds like bisexuality (or omni- or multi- or pan- or whatever word you prefer) to me. As someone who also falls in love with people, not sexes, I am offended by the question.

Lisa Earles, Ames, Iowa

How interesting that your insightful interview with the queen of comedy (queer comedy, for that matter!) appeared in my mailbox two days after the horrific Barbara Walters interview with Anne. I've got something to say: Ellen, I'm single. And I'm sane. Call me.

Laura Hercules, St. Louis, Mo.

Test of faith

I read with interest your article on religious schools ["Pass or Fail," September 25]. As a former Mormon who was excommunicated for being a lesbian, I understand the pain and pressure these young people experienced. I tried for many years to reconcile my beliefs and the way the church treated me, and I ultimately came to realize that they would never change. I find it difficult to believe that any gay or lesbian person attending BYU is unaware that a double standard exists there. I finally decided to fight the battles that could be won and am now pursuing a master's degree in political studies from the University of Illinois at Springfield and am a volunteer lobbyist for the Human Rights Campaign. …

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