"Photo: Still from "The Breakfast Club"/Universal Pictures Robert De Niro Sr., who died in 1993, was a distinguished painter who saw both his art and his homosexuality as an "affliction." He wrote in his journal about his struggles ("I am past the point where I can walk the streets looking for a gallery or a lover"), as documented in the HBO film "Remembering the Artist," actor Robert De Niro's loving tribute to his father.Photo: HBOInspired by Rosie O'Donnell's decision to come out as a lesbian, Russo gave a shout-out to her own gay mom during a 2002 "Good Morning America" interview: "I'd like to say that when I was born—oh, I'm going to cry, but this is for you, Rosie—my dad left, and it was women in my life that were gay that raised me and that helped me and nurtured me."Photo: Still from "The Intern"/Warner Bros.Ellen De Generes dated Anne Heche and Alexandra Hedison before meeting Portia.Portia dated Francesca Gregorini for two years before she met Ellen.The two-time Oscar winner grew up with two moms, her biological mother Evelyn—called "Brandy"—and Evelyn's partner.Jodie herself came out in a cryptic but moving speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards, in which she addressed her mother, who suffers from dementia:"Mom, I know you're inside those blue eyes somewhere and that there are so many things you won't understand tonight.That had never happened to me in my life, where I saw somebody and [experienced] all of those things you hear about in songs and read about in poetry.My knees were weak."Ellen and Portia began their relationship in December 2004, after seeing each other again at VH1's Big in '04 awards show.
Portia de Rossi met Ellen De Generes in 2000 and although there was chemistry, she didn't pursue it.Portia said in an interview in The Advocate "I ran into Ellen at a photo shoot [in 2004] and she took my breath away.But this is the only important one to take in: I love you, I love you, I love you."Photo: Still from "The Intern"/Warner Bros."When you grow up, your heart dies," said her character in "The Breakfast Club." Now 53, Ally Sheedy— whose mother Charlotte and daughter Rebecca are both lesbians—is proof against that statement."It's difficult for me to understand a family member judging or not loving or accepting another family member because they are gay," Sheedy has said, adding that it all comes down to a simple question: "Do you love that person or not?
Ellen announced on her show on May 16th, 2008: "Yesterday, if you haven't heard, the California Supreme Court overturned a ban on gay marriage.
So I would like would like to say, right now for the first time, I am announcing I am getting married."Ellen De Generes and Portia de Rossi were married on August 16th, 2008 in a small ceremony at their home.