One day in a not-so-distant future, the words "Ellen" and "awards show" may be pretty much synonymous.

I mean, she's taken home 27 Emmy Awards, been nominated for a handful of Golden Globe Awards, been nominated for couple of Grammys, and cleaned up at the People's Choice Awards. Once you add in the fact that she's hosted the Emmys, Grammys, and Oscars, you've got Ellen DeGeneres — awards show titan.


Ellen and her wife, Portia de Rossi, at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards. Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images.

On Sunday night, she took home the award for Choice Comedian at the annual Teen Choice Awards.

For the fifth (yes, fifth) time, she came out on top in the voting, beating out the likes of Jimmy Fallon, Kevin Hart, Jimmy Kimmel, George Lopez, and Amy Schumer.

GIFs via Teen Choice Awards 2015.

What makes this win special? Two things: It's her and Portia's anniversary (congrats, you two!), and the speech she delivered was just so touching.

Ellen's speech centered on what it's like being different and why we should all be proud of who we are.

It's hard being different, especially when you're younger. Being different — or even just perceived as being different — can lead to some really nasty bullying.

The Teen Choice Awards show was the perfect place for Ellen to share this message.

Since coming out as lesbian in a 1997 episode of her ABC sitcom "Ellen," she's been a very public LGBT figure. At the time, coming out was a huge deal, and she faced some major backlash over it. While things can still be tough for LGBT adults, it's especially hard to be an LGBT teen struggling to come out.

Nearly 85% of LGBT students experience verbal bullying.

In 2009, GLSEN released the results of a survey of 7,261 students between the ages of 13 and 21. In addition to finding that nearly 85% of LGBT students were verbally bullied, they learned that 40% were physically harassed and 19% were assaulted at school because of their gender identity or sexual orientation.

For these teens, it can be hard to see being different as anything but a curse. That's why hearing this message from someone who has overcome these same challenges to become one of the country's most beloved TV personalities is inspiring — and maybe even life-saving.


Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Watch Ellen's powerful, inspiring speech below.

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Man uses TikTok to offer 'dinner with dad' to any kid that needs one, even adult ones

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud.

Come for the food, stay for the wholesomeness.

Summer Clayton is the father of 2.4 million kids and he couldn’t be more proud. His TikTok channel is dedicated to giving people intimate conversations they might long to have with their own father, but can’t. The most popular is his “Dinner With Dad” segment.

The concept is simple: Clayton, aka Dad, always sets down two plates of food. He always tells you what’s for dinner. He always blesses the food. He always checks in with how you’re doing.

I stress the stability here, because as someone who grew up with a less-than-stable relationship with their parents, it stood out immediately. I found myself breathing a sigh of relief at Clayton’s consistency. I also noticed the immediate emotional connection created just by being asked, “How was your day?” According to relationship coach and couples counselor Don Olund, these two elements—stability and connection—are fundamental cravings that children have of their parents. Perhaps we never really stop needing it from them.


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The details this time may be different than the last time and the time before that, and the time before that, and the time before that. But there's one thing all mass shootings have in common. No, it's not mental illness. It's not racism or misogyny or religious extremism. It's not bad parenting or violent video games or lack of religion.

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The Belgian Malinois is a special breed of dog. It's highly intelligent, extremely athletic and needs a ton of interaction. While these attributes make the Belgian Malinois the perfect dog for police and military work, they can be a bit of a handful as a typical pet.

As Belgian Malinois owner Erin Wilson jokingly told NPR, they’re basically "a German shepherd on steroids or crack or cocaine.”

It was her Malinois Eva’s natural drive, however, that ended up saving Wilson’s life.

According to a news release from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Wilson had been walking down a path with Eva slightly ahead of her when a mountain lion suddenly appeared and swiped Wilson across the left shoulder. She quickly yelled Eva’s name and the dog’s instincts kicked in immediately. Eva rushed in to defend her owner.

It wasn’t long, though, before the mountain lion won the upper hand, much to Wilson’s horror.

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