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Jane Lynch thanks Ellen DeGeneres for helping her come out

Joe Williams August 14, 2015
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The Glee actor has made a heartfelt thanks to the talk show host in a new video short – praising the LGBT pioneer for her charity work.

The actress is best known for her role as Sue Sylvester on Glee, as well as appearing in The L Word, Wreck-it Ralph and Two and a Half Men.

She credits DeGeneres for paving the way for herself and other LGBT female actors to be out and proud in their work.

The award-winning actress has praised the power and influence DeGeneres’ coming out had in the media for her and others in a video for Makers – the “largest online collection of women’s stories”.

Lynch has previously opened up about how she lived a life of “secrecy” during her struggle to accept her sexual orientation as a teenager.

The actress said: “It was almost like I had a disease I had been diagnosed. I had a journal and… I remember I wrote, ‘I am gay. No one can ever know this.’

”It led to a life of secrecy that I had to unravel.”

Lynch knew she was different from her other female classmates but didn’t realise that she was a lesbian until she was 14.

She said: “I identified more with boy things. I enjoyed dressing like a boy.

“The boys stopped wanting to play with me when I got to be about 10 and I had to fight to play baseball.”

Lynch admits to being scared of rejection and that to be, “ostracised would have been the worst thing.”

Watch the full video here.

Related topics: coming out, Ellen DeGeneres, Glee, Jane Lynch, Television, US, video

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