“Ellen told me she was gay a long time ago, when she was 20. … But as she became more famous she wasn’t out publicly. I was afraid I would out her. I couldn’t join PFLAG until Ellen came out because it’d be, you know, what’s Ellen’s mother doing in PFLAG?
— Betty Degeneres, 82, mother of Ellen Degeneres, in a recent interview in the Australian press. (The Daily Advertiser, March 26)